Include us: We are social animals and we have a desire to feel as if we are part of something. We also want to make an impact. Include us in your thinking, your brainstorming, your actions. When we’re included, we can help you to do your best work.
Listen to us: Often, all we want is for you to listen to us. We are people too, with the same needs as you; one of them is to be listened to. And….who knows? You might learn a thing or two from us.
Suspend your judgement of us: There are times when we need to say what we need to say. This may include how we feel about things, our values, some of the “soft” stuff. Don’t discount these things. We really feel them, and they are legitimate and real to us.
Encourage us: Some encouragement, acknowledging that we’re on the right path can go a long way. Our confidence may be waning, and the situation at work may be very tough. Let us know we’re doing fine.
Be kind to us: Sounds silly, but kindness is a powerful motivator. And kindness is catching! When you are kind to us,we will be kind back.
Thank us: We need to hear “thank you” more often. And your thank you needs to be specific – to us as individuals and about the great work we are doing.
It isn’t complicated or hard to show respect, but it can be difficult when you are caught up in the day to day stuff of getting things done, especially in these tough times.