In Asian cultures, we are taught to always respect our elders, from our parents, grandparents, endless aunts and uncles – respect must always be given. Failure to do so tarnishes your reputation in the family network and the fact that you may just be five years old is disregarded when it comes to the topic of RESPECT.

Hence you can imagine the state of my reputation as a very outspoken child. Sometimes I think my parents shipped me off to boarding school in a faraway land as part of their damage control plan. Jokes aside, this has been a topic that’s been on my mind for some time now, contributed by all the quotes I see on Instagram in relation to respect.

I started thinking about respect in a workplace. My personal mantra has always been that my colleagues, managers, etc. must always earn my respect. This is one of the reasons why I joined a value based organisation like Salt. With integrity as a core value -  it matters to me that my peers and managers demonstrate honesty and integrity to earn my respect and vice versa whereby I should demonstrate those values to earn their respect.

For someone who’s current circle of close friends comprises of ex-colleagues, I realised we could get to that level by first having mutual respect in the workplace.

As a recruiter, I have also noticed a shift in candidate’s and client behaviours, candidates these days want to feel the mutual respect with their hiring managers. Rightly so, after all the road of respect must always go both ways.

When you go to work tomorrow, ask yourself – are you demanding to be respected because of your title or position, or are you earning the respect of your colleagues? It’s never too late to change things if you are self-aware.