This week I planned to share a post which highlighted the importance of Diversity, Inclusion and being able to bring your whole self to work, but I’m going to deviate slightly.
The title of this post is pretty self explanatory.
Regardless of who you encounter in the workplace, give them the same amount of respect and time that you would anyone else.
1- It’s human decency and good character
2- You never know where this person will be in years to come. Some people are extremely ambitious and may end up being your boss in a few career cycles.
3- You never know what people are going through. Some people are uber qualified, but take whatever role they can get to pay the bills or they may have just taken a career change and now need to work their way up from an entry level position due to a lack of experience.
All in all regardless of role or seniority all people deserve to be treated fairly.
Don’t ignore someone’s email because you don’t see “the decision maker” copied in. Don’t reply with a snarky tone because you deem yourself more important than said recipient.
After all, life has a funny way of humbling people. That colleague you treated horribly could be related to the person whose decision it is regarding a big contract you’re banking on signing.
I once read a really interesting quote that I think is quite relatable to this topic. It says, “you can tell the character of a guy by the way he talks to the waiter”.
You don’t know what people are going through or who the “real” boss is. Titles are great, but the man on the field delivering deserves a little nod of thanks from time to time.
People don’t leave companies, they leave bosses and unpleasant relationships.