We all know we should follow the golden rule in life – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” but do we? The ability to empathize is very powerful yet sometimes we fail to use it and end up mistreating others. Treating others with respect compels them to treat you the same way.

Look around. Do you know the names of your coworkers? Do you know where they live, what their interests are? Knowing these simple facts creates a sense of fellowship, camaraderie. People who feel welcome and are part of the team treat each other with respect. They try their best not to let each other down, provide help when needed and solve problems together.

A disrespectful person erodes trust, creates conflict and puts others into a bad mood. When this happens, the respect of others vanishes and the person feels isolated, unwanted, or unneeded.

What can we do to gain the respect of others? A respectful sales person learns about their customers’  business, values their time, offers solutions to problems and listens to their needs. A respectful teacher listens to his or her students and helps them understand and learn. A respectful spouse listens, complements and encourages. Listening, understanding and accepting feedback are all tools for respect and being respected.

Stop and reflect on how you communicate with others and decide, “Are you treating them with respect?” Are you empowering them to respect you back?

Phillip Grandsard  is a Software Developer at PagePath Technologies. PagePath was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Plano, Illinois. PagePath’s MyOrderDesk is an eCommerce solution that combines, Web-to-Print, automated proofing, pricing, reordering and more. It seamlessly integrates into a printing organization’s existing website or can be used as a standalone site. MyOrderDesk is known throughout the printing industry as the leader in Web-to-Print software.