How Lack of Respect Causes Employees to Quit

Trevor Lim
4 min readJun 5, 2019

When the topic of quitting a job comes up, there can be a handful of reasons
why people would give up their work. It is quite interesting to discuss because you get to see what turns professional people off and what else they prioritize other staying loyal to a company.

Some would say that they will quit for a greener pasture. Others will
agree if the reason for such is an opportunity to be promoted. These reasons
lead to the positive side of career development and professional advancement.

But how about the negative aspect of quitting? Most would say that people look for a strong leadership in managing a company. Employees quit whenever they feel like the company is disorganized. This can happen to start-up companies that are still adjusting to their new system.

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From relationship issues to the relocation of one’s family, I can name a lot of reasons why employees will abandon ship and leave the company.

But there is one simple reason why employees, and it’s often been neglected in the workplace because of the demands and overwhelming task every worker has to deal with every day, whether the top management or from the ranks.

And that is RESPECT!

I am reminded about the idea that genuine respect (as if there is a fake kind
of respect, meaning you give it because it is mandated) can lift up a person’s
morale and dignity.

It is true that respect is one of the things that you need to earn. But there is this concept that every person — no matter who they are or what
they achieve — is worthy of respect. it is a matter of putting your hat of “me first” or “listen to me” away so that you can see the value of a person’s worth and what they have accomplished in life.

I’m sure you will agree with me that most of the time, we try to fit in people based on our own standards and disregard the pace of others.

This mindset can be troublesome because few will measure up to your expectation because you are different in many ways.

This may probably be one of the reasons why those who had made it to the top of the corporate ladder and those with high positions have difficulty dealing with this. Not because they are purposefully and intentionally bad at it, but rather the culture and demands of the workplace’s competitive nature set aside this value, sometimes even branded as weakness or inefficiency.

Impact of Lack of Respect

Our body language can say a lot of things that can be totally different form
what we say. We sometimes use pleasant words to mask what we really feel
whenever there are confrontations or misunderstandings at work. Tensions in
relationship can lead to workers being disrespectful.

If your office dictates a culture of disrespectful people, make sure to prepare
yourself for a high and quick employee turnover.

Kindness, courtesy, and politeness must be done intentionally to avoid such culture to creep into many workplaces today. Insults and name calling may be fun and normal but when it gets offensive, it’s time to draw the line to change.

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Lack of appreciation and recognition can also be a sign of being disrespectful at the workplace. Not only does it rob people of credit but it’s a step on other people’s ideas and efforts.

The basic need of a person to be heard whether it is a simple idea or a serious grievance is a sign of respect. Failure to do this can build up an employee’s
Insecurity and lack of confidence in the company.

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Respect is an important value that every work culture should embrace. Lack of respect promotes indifference and no one wants to be treated indifferently, not just at work but in every array of life.

It will be the initial stages where an employee will start to think of leaving
because being disrespected is one of the worst feelings a person could ever have.

People are treated indifferently because of the mistakes that they have committed at work. If you’re a fast learner, it will be easy for you to cope with the situation and regain the respect of others.

But for those who repeatedly commit the same mistakes over and over
again, they are the ones who are least respected in a team. I want to argue that it does not mean that they don’t deserve the respect of even the person with the highest position. They should still feel respected and dignified for who they are as a person, and not feel like they are a walking mistake all the time.

Respect encourages people to be better at work. Give it a try. Even those who
learn at a slower pace can be motivated to do more if people, especially those
who are in a high position, know how to practice it for the sake of upholding a person’s dignity.

If you want to have a fully functioning and productive, robust, harmonious, and successful company, place respect as part of your core values. Embrace and promote a culture of respect — not from the ground up, but from the top down.



Trevor Lim

I help liberate business owners by having more time and attention through team building and autonomy.