02 Apr Where is respect today ?
Have you ever taken the bus, tube, train or plane and asked yourself why people were pushing you around and talking loudly on the telephone ? Unfortunately, these situations do not only take place in these circumstances but take place in every aspect of our lives ! The tradition or value of respecting others is unfortunately fading away, the trend today is to think of one´s self and not others, whether it s when you travel or when you are at work, you have colleagues, or bosses that will do anything in their power to keep you from moving forward. This is not only based on respect, it is based on the search for achieving a higher purpose, however at which cost ?
We live in a world that grows very fast, we learn to live as a community, respect elderly people, the hierarchy and learn how to live and communicate with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I have chosen to give an example of the workplace as i have spoken to many young professionals in the past months to understand how the marketplace was and understand how these young individuals succeed in the workplace.
I have thus spoken to many graduates and post graduates that have started working and their fear is that they do not see how they can succeed in their job as their bosses keep them on a tight rope and do not wish for them to take on projects on their own. Of course, when you start a new job, there is a learning phase, where you need to be tutored and taught the ropes, however it is 6 months to a year later that these young people do not know how to talk to their bosses and show that they want to succeed and climb the hierarchical ladder. Some say that because their bosses are afraid that they may take their place they are mobbed or kept to the strict minimum of independence and others say that they feel the need to look for another job because they do not see potential for growth in the company they work for.
Of course these are examples which are negative, however these negative examples also show that unfortunately the impact this treatment has is the word of mouth that the companies these young individuals work for are not good, and we know that if there is no satisfaction, the impact is much stronger and people speak more about it. This doesn´t only happen in the workplace, it happens also in the recruiting process where young professionals feel rejected or not taken seriously when they do not get any response from the companies they have applied for. Of course we know that there are lots of applicants for jobs, these young professionals are aware of this and also have a good feedback or memory of companies that have taken the time to write to them saying that they were not considered or that they were being kept in the database should any other jobs come up.
These little things make a big difference, young professionals feel like they mean something, and they will speak highly of companies that have given them feedback, which on the long run will have a very good impact on the company image.
I clustered these examples, travel and workplace as respect because it seems like the concept of living in a community is being lost, we only care about ourselves and do not see the impact we have on others and what this may cause on the long run. These are easy steps to take, show people that you are interested in them, that you value their opinion, their professionalism; show when you take the train or the bus or the plane that you are concerned about the welfare of others and keep your communication to a minimum or if you have to talk then use a lower tone, people will appreciate it. Last but not all, respecting others in every aspect of your life will bring positive things to you, recognition, people may look up to you and keeping your word will become a part of who you are.