Posted By Sue Thiemann,
Monday, March 12, 2012
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Many people find an accounting career rewarding, both
personally and financially.
tax season those rewards come with
hard work and long hours which often produce stress among coworkers. You need to know how to best manage this
stress and maintain a work–life balance in order to deal with these hectic
One of the best things you can do in the work environment
to reduce stress is to choose to show respect to your coworkers, peers and the
leaders in the firm. In Todd Smith’s book Little Things Matter
, he states: "To
earn respect you must show respect.” Showing respect in the workplace is the first
building block for the success of relationships with coworkers while reducing
the stress level that takes place especially during tax season.
Ask anyone in your
workplace what they most want from coworkers to help defuse the stress level at
this time. They will likely top their list with the desire to be treated with
dignity and respect. Popular songs tout the need for respect. Everybody needs a
little respect. You know when you have respect. You know when you don’t. But
what is respect really? And, how is respect demonstrated at work?
First let’s talk about what respect is not. What actions might be offensive to other
people we work with? It seems as if it should be blatantly obvious. But if it
were, I wouldn't even be addressing the issue here. Let's take a look now at
actions that may offend your co-workers (in no particular order).
|Having loud telephone conversations - especially personal calls||Lying or telling half-truths or asking someone to lie for you|
|Not cleaning up after yourself in the staff kitchen or other common areas||Blaming someone else when you are at fault|
|Showing up late||Taking credit for someone else's work|
|Barging into another's office without asking if it is convenient for them||Asking a coworker to do something unrelated to work, i.e. run errands|
|Neglecting to say please and thank you||Complaining about the company, boss and coworkers|
|Taking the last of something without replacing it||Withholding information or being closed-minded about other ideas|
|Talking behind someone's back||And the list goes on...|
You can demonstrate respect with simple, yet powerful actions. These ideas (or reminders) will help reduce stress in
the workplace along with avoiding needless, insensitive, unmeant disrespect.
|Speak with a firm, but calm voice; speak slowly and clearly||Be polite by being thankful, appreciative and sensitive|
|Be reliable and dependable||Treat people with courtesy, politeness and kindness|
|Encourage coworkers to express opinions and ideas||Use other people's ideas to improve work - give them credit|
|Never insult people, name call, disparage or put down people or their ideas||Do not nit-pick, constantly criticize over little things, belittle, judge, demean or patronize|
|Praise much more frequently than you criticize||Face the person you are communicating with and make and keep eye contact|
|Listen intently and intentionally to what is being said or explained||Use body language and facial expressions that are open and accepting, smiling, nodding, etc.|
|Stand and/or sit straight up while exchanging ideas with a coworker||Use I-messages to share your opinion|
|State disagreements and personal opinion, not as a fact||And the list goes on...|
rule does apply at work, or, as professional speaker Leslie Charles, says,
"Implement the platinum rule: treat others as they wish to be treated.”
There are many other ways
to demonstrate respect at work. These few ideas constitute a solid foundation.
Implemented consistently at work, these respectful actions help ensure a
respectful, considerate, professional work place while reducing the stress both
yours and your coworkers.
When we look at the truly successful organizations of
both today and yesterday, we find their leaders fostered these principles of
creating trust and respect. Consider the great military leaders of history
(Augustus Caesar, Oliver Cromwell and George Washington), as well as the
genuinely great political leaders (yes, there actually have been some: Joan of
Arc, Peter the Great and Gandhi). And then there are the highly respected
industrial leaders (Henry Ford, Lee Iacocca and Jack Welch). All of these great
leaders built trust and respect among their superiors, peers and subordinates,
and it was this that spurred success and greatness for themselves, their units,
alliances and companies.
I encourage you to be a
leader in your firm by extending respect among your coworkers within your
What are some of
your ideas to reduce stress in the workplace during the tax season?
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