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Dignity and respect top employees' workplace wish-list

Few people thrive in a bullying, aggressive work atmosphere where they are rarely praised and regularly criticised. Treating colleagues and staff with dignity and respect can help you get the very best out of everyone. It sounds like common sense, but how does this translate in the workplace?

Bullying and harassment complaints are costly for employers in terms of time, money and stress. An unhealthy workplace culture can lead to high levels of absence and staff turnover, not to mention low productivity and staff morale. Moreover, it can damage the reputation of an organisation and make it hard to recruit and retain new talent.

So how do we promote dignity and respect in the workplace? One of the simplest and most effective ways of showing that you respect your staff is to encourage their input and suggestions, and act on them. People who feel included and valued are much more likely to be productive in and loyal to your business, so implementing good ideas is a sure-fire way of showing that you respect their contribution.

It's also easy to overlook the importance of language. Showing greater sensitivity in the way we address others can help tackle prejudice and stereotyping and build more positive workplace relationships. Performance management is another area which can often benefit from a rethink - it's widely recognised that constructive feedback is far more effective at improving performance than demeaning nit-picking and belittling of employees in front of their colleagues.

Acas offers a new 'in-depth' training session to show you how to get the best out of your employees by ensuring they are treated with dignity and respect at work.

Visit the Acas training and business solutions area for more information.

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