R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Aretha Franklin is not the only one looking for respect, according to a Harvard Business Review study of nearly 20,000 employees worldwide.

Being treated with respect was more important to employees than recognition and appreciation, communicating an inspiring vision, providing useful feedback — even opportunities for learning, growth, and development. Employees who feel respected by their leaders reported:

  • Fifty-six percent better health and well-being.
  • 1.72 times more trust and safety.
  • Eighty-nine percent more enjoyment and job satisfaction.
  • Ninety-two percent greater focus and prioritization.
  • More meaning and significance.
  • More committed to staying with their organization.
  • Greater engagement with the company.

Despite this obvious benefits, 54 percent of employees said they don't receive regular respect from their leaders.

"Our studies reveal that without respect, even if people want to perform well, they can't," said Christine Porath, associate professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Lack of respect takes a toll on the bottom line.

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