Respect & You

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Respect & You

15 Ways to Promote Respect in the McMaster University Library

  1. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Model the behaviour you would like to see in others.

  2. Always remember to say please and thank you and do the small things every day, like holding the door for someone.

  3. We all get stressed, but don’t take your stress out on others. Use the counselling resources for students and employees.

  4. Be a respectful listener and respond kindly.  Don’t interrupt, or act like someone is inferior to you.

  5. Remember that you are not always right -- and others are not always wrong!

  6. Take time to learn more about a background or culture you are not familiar with to expand your own perspective and interpersonal skills.

  7. Understand your triggers or “hot buttons”. Knowing what makes you angry and frustrated enables you to manage your reactions and respond in a more appropriate manner.

  8. Be patient -- with others and yourself.

  9. Recognize the contributions made by others. Show appreciation for contributions at all levels.

  10. Be kind. You don’t know what kind of day someone is having, or the issues they may be dealing with.

  11. Respect the various different study areas throughout the library and familiarize yourself with the usage guidelines for each.

  12. Keep the library a welcome space for everyone. Tidy up after yourself, please.

  13. Ask before doing. The library is a public space so before assuming it is ok to do something, please take the time to ask.

  14. Perform a Random Act of Kindness each day.

  15. Smile! It’s contagious and the world becomes a better place when everyone smiles. :)

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