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Treat every worker with respect

Alvina Clara
Filed on November 28, 2019

But do most of us show them respect? We create lofty hierarchies in the workplace and there is a mad rush to cling to power, position and status.

Cashiers at stores, janitors in office premises, security guards, waiters, servers, drivers, etc. are the people who perform extremely stressful jobs. It necessitates strenuous work and attentiveness for a pay that scarcely allows them to make the ends meet. They toiling hard to earn their bread, and do so in all earnestness.

But do most of us show them respect? We create lofty hierarchies in the workplace and there is a mad rush to cling to power, position and status. And while we are busy making plans on how to climb further in our careers or personal lives, a lot of us care little for the people who are doing jobs that might appear menial but are essential to the smooth functioning of our lives. Come to think of it, no customer would be comfortable strolling through your fancy showroom when the floor is not cleaned.

Yet, we reserve our respect for the higher ups. A CEO has greater power. This means they could harm or help. Either way, this means you should pay more attention to impress them. Whether your job is to devise strategies for marketing success or cleaning the office, each employee should be appreciated as an individual contributing in his/ her own way to the achievement of corporate goals. Popular demarcation is higher level vs lower level, forgetting that all aspects of jobs are interlaced, and contribute to organisational success. That's the subtle value they contribute towards the company. Division and delegation of work is easy; dignity of work is an aspect that we must ponder upon.

We must recall that the office peon who serves us tea, cleans our tables, our mess, our trash, and helps us in our day to day jobs. No job is menial, and everyone who is working legally to earn bread should be treated with respect.

The writer is based in Dubai

 


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