By the end of Respect in Action, presented in a workshop format that involves group discussions and activities, participants will be able to:
- Define and calibrate the diverse meanings and impact of respect.
- Distinguish how to be open minded to challenge points of view, including prejudgments.
- Recognize attitudes as a choice through the characteristics and communication that we exhibit.
- Summarize disrespectful behaviours that cause team dysfunction and conflict.
- Grasp what are discrimination, harassment, and bullying.
- Assess positive respectful behaviours that need to be developed to increase morale and engagement.
- Work through a respectful communication approach to assess and address disrespect.
- Account for the benefits of respect and our personal responsibility to the pillars of respect, being our attitudes, communication, and teamwork.
- Prioritize and generate agreements for putting respect in action.
Benefits of Respect
- Elevated reputation as an employer of choice, with positive employee views on the organizations ethical, moral, and legal obligations to a respectful work environment.
- Greater employee loyalty, nurturing the respectful culture as a retention strategy, leading to decreased turnover.
- Getting team members engaged with respect, and the changes necessary, through education and communication, participation and involvement, building support and commitment.
- Decreased management/leadership time spent dealing with employee conflicts.
- Enhanced work output, as nurturing the respectful culture impacts greater engagement among both employees who are currently engaged or disengaged.
- Healthier employees, reduced stress, and less sick days.
- Improved team effectiveness and teamwork, through a higher degree of social capital where relationships support cooperation and working together on shared goals and outcomes.
- Strengthened revenues, cost controls, and/or efficiencies through heightened creativity, innovation, and sharing.
- Happier clients/customers, as organizational culture, engagement, and productivity impacts service and quality.
- Higher level of organizational justice, through the fair and respectful treatment among employees, achieved by developing the skills and overall competence level with respect.
- Increased understanding of the meaning of respect to everyone, considering dignity, diversity, accommodation, and inclusion.
- Greater socialization of the organizational values around respect, through training that supports respectful communication, decisions and behaviours on a daily basis.
- Leveraging a respectful culture as one component of a proactive approach to operate in accordance with provincial laws, standards, and policies for human rights and employee standards, and a preventive measure to abuse, harassment, and/or bullying in the workplace.