| The Big Reasons Why Your Employees Don’t Respect You

Posted in Staffing at 9:00 AM by Loftis Consulting

As a business consultant, I’ve seen a lot of different companies working in a lot of different ways. And it’s fair to say that some of my easiest wins have come from businesses that just need a little tweaking here and there, on issues such as finance, marketing, or planning. But some companies face huge problems, stemming from one simple fact: the employees do not respect the boss.

If this sounds familiar to you, read on. There are some excellent reasons why you haven’t earned the respect of your employees, and I’m sorry to say that the vast majority boil down to you. Nothing is set in stone, however, and you can still pull things around. Let’s take a look at some of the issues -and solutions – that could be relevant for your business if you want to earn that respect.

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It’s Not Your Problem

Some employers these days still take the view that their employees should be happy they have a job. But study after study by business experts over the past few decades all show the same thing – you need an engaged and loyal workforce if you want to enjoy success. And expecting them to feel lucky enough to take home a wage is not sufficient – you need to give a lot more than that. Any staff issues that you have right now are ultimately down to you, whether it’s bad hiring mistakes or poor leadership.

 

You Disregard Their Safety

There are plenty of rules and regulations to follow when it comes to workplace safety. But too few businesses follow them. And if you don’t respect the fundamental basics of your employee’s health – and their lives – how can you expect them to respect you? As an employer, you need to look at risk management and risk assessment, follow the rules, and provide a safe and comfortable environment wherever possible. Fail to do so, and you can’t be too surprised when an accident to an employee results in a huge compensation claim.

 

You Don’t Appreciate Your Staff

When you appreciate someone’s efforts, you will be surprised by how much more they will give you. Recognized people feel wanted, and that they are bringing value to whatever it is they are doing. The simple fact is that if someone slaves away for you and you don’t recognize their work, they are unlikely to do so again. Respect is a two-way thing, and sometimes you have to show yours to get some back.

 

You Are Unreliable

When you say something, stick to it. If you have a plan, go through with it. And if you make a promise, you better make sure that you deliver it. As a leader, every single one of your employees will be looking at you and the actions you take. If you miss deadlines or talk the talk without walking the walk, there’s a good chance your staff will think less of you.

As I mentioned above, if you want the respect of your employees, you need to earn it. Many bosses and employers all over the country struggle to succeed yet are too blind to see why. Don’t end up like one of these guys…

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