What is a respectful workplace? It is a workplace where:
- all employees feel valued;
- communication is polite and considerate;
- people are treated as they wish to be treated;
- conflict is dealt with in a positive and respectful way;
- disrespectful behaviour and harassment are addressed.
Some of the ways employers can build a respectful workplace are:
- regularly provide training on respectful workplaces to all workers and management.
- provide new employees with an orientation and review their rights, responsibilities and obligations towards other employees.
Policies & Practices
- review policies and practices to make sure they encourage respect.
- involve employees in the development of respectful workplace polices.
- ensure that employees know what the policy is and have it posted in places where employees gather; for example the break room or lunch room.
- hold supervisors, managers and employees responsible for their behaviour.
- make sure that reporting relationships are clear and that each person has only one supervisor.
- look into all complaints of disrespect and harassment.
- consider respectful behaviour in performance reviews.
* Source: Modified from Building Better Workplaces
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