No doubt you have heard it said before - "Treat others how you would like to be treated". That was relevant many years ago, in my opinion this statement is no longer applicable. Why?
Each of us have different thoughts, opinions, and expectations.
Apart from the fact that there are now five generations in the workplace, each of whom think quite differently, and that some of us use a lot of social media which research shows can alter our thoughts, and that each of us varies in the amount that we use technology, 10% of who we are makes each of us just a little bit different.
Both science and research indicates that around 50% of 'who we are' is hereditary, 40% of who we are comes from what we have done in our lives, and the remainder (10%) of who we are comes from our circumstances.
As a broad generalisation, each of us varies in who we are by around 10% from the person next to us. And, that 10% can make a huge difference when it comes to dealing with each other.
Research also tells us that if you want to change something in your life, focus on it through intentional actions and you can influence who you are. Intentional actions involve both psychology and physiology, thoughts and actions, mind and body.
A leopard can't change it's spots but it can think it has stripes if it acts like a tiger and believes it is one.
Each of us is unique, and while we can change our thoughts, opinions and expectations, there will remain a legacy of that 10% variation.
In short, don't treat others how you would like to be treated. You may not care if others are rude to you provided they get to the point quickly. You may not mind waiting around for long periods just to get served, provided you eventually get served. You may not mind if others swear at you provided they make a joke while doing so.
Treat other people with respect. It's that easy.
Treat others as though they were your most precious loved one. Treat others as though they were your childhood hero. Treat others as though this is the last thing that anyone is going to do for them.
Treat everyone, regardless of what you think of them, with respect.