Ask anyone in your workplace what treatment they most want from their bosses and coworkers at work. They will likely top their list with the desire for their employer and coworkers to treat them as if they have dignity and with respect.
Respect is when you feel admiration and deep regard for an individual. You believe that the person is worthy of your regard and admiration because of the good qualities and capabilities that they bring to your workplace.
After feeling the respect and regard, you demonstrate them by acting in ways that show you are aware of your colleagues as people who deserve respect. As such, you recognize that they have rights, opinions, wishes, experience, and competence. They have the right for you to regard them through this referential lens.
Respect in Popular Music
Popular songs tout the need for respect. It is that universal of a need among humans.
From Aretha Franklin:
Find out what it means to me.”
“Everybody needs a little respect
Everybody needs a little time
Everybody needs a little respect
Everybody needs a little.”
Everybody needs a little respect. You know when you have respect. You know when you don’t. You can’t tough respect but you can feel it emanating from your coworkers and bosses—and you can feel it when it does not.