Climb, Reach, Fly, Soar

“She went out on a limb, had it break off behind her, and discovered she could fly.” Kobi Yamada If she’d never climbed the tree in the first place, she’d still be earth-bound and unaware of her powers.  

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #11

#11 Welcome new staff members. Whether it’s a new graduate or an experienced staffer, extend your hand to shake, introduce yourself, and offer to show them the ropes. Check in with them from time to time to see how they’re doing, and ask if they need anything. If you’re still thinking you can’t possibly make a… [Continue..]

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #10

#10 Take time to get to know your coworkers. Contrary to what you might have heard, familiarity breeds respect. Participate in social activities like after-work outings, retirement dinners, and holiday parties. It is through fun and social times outside the workplace that you develop relationships that serve as a foundation for teamwork at work. You don’t… [Continue..]

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #9

#9 Treat others as you wish to be treated. Be courteous to everyone whether or not they reciprocate. Offer sincere compliments, thank people for even the small things they do, and show appreciation for every member of your department and team. Greet people by name at the beginning and end of each shift, smile at everyone,… [Continue..]

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #8

#8 If you’re a manager or supervisor, implement and/or enforce a no-tolerance policy for abuse, nastiness, and harassment. Make it clear that abusive behavior will be stringently dealt with. Allow employees to vent, and provide a mechanism to listen to their ideas and constructive solutions to department challenges. You set the tone for your department.… [Continue..]

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #7

#7 Stand up for yourself when attacked or treated unfairly. Learn to use assertive language and body posture. You don’t have to feel assertive to act assertive. Fake it ’til you make it. Always report abuse or harassment immediately in accordance with your facility’s policy. (Tip #8 will be posted tomorrow)

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #6

#6 When you have a conflict with someone else, talk it out face to face whenever possible. Be prepared to apologize when necessary and to meet the other person half way. Never resort to name-calling and using hurtful language or obscenities — regardless of what has transpired. Choose your battles: Let small, less important things roll… [Continue..]

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #5

#5 Master conflict management skills. Whenever there are two or more people in the same place, conflict is bound to happen. And while most of us would prefer to avoid conflict, it has to be dealt with. Otherwise, bad feelings fester and get blown out of proportion. (Tip #6 will be posted tomorrow)  

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #4

#4 Make self-care a priority. It’s hard to be a decent human being when you’re stressed, sleep deprived, and abusing food, alcohol, or other substances. Get enough sleep, use journaling for venting and self-reflection, keep up with routine medical care, and partake in diversionary activities such as dabbling in the arts, taking a nature walk, or… [Continue..]

Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #3

#3 Don’t criticize, complain, or gossip lest you will be the recipient of same. Windsor Regional Hospital in Canada has embraced an anti-negativity, anti-complaining campaign. Nurses wear purple rubber bracelets to remind them about the campaign. Within a few days of launching the program, morale improved, tension eased, and the staff felt more united. Even those… [Continue..]