(Closed) How to handle lack of respect?

posted 8 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 3
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

HA! I had the same problem too.  I’m older than what a lot of people think and I also work with older individuals.  The only thing that kind of helps me out is that I have seniority as well.  I basically just ignore their glares/disinterest in what I’m saying and tell them what it is I need to get across.  It’s up to them if they want to listen.  If not, it’s their a$$ on the line when it comes to review time.  Just hang in there.  A lot of times, they wont have respect for you at the beginning (esp women).  But in time, as long as you have confidence and give off that presence that you are in authority, they WILL eventually come around.  It’s hard, but seriously, don’t lose confidence in yourself.  People that are threatened by your position are looking for that weak point in you.  Don’t let them think they’re right.  Good luck.

Post # 4
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have that problem, too. I work with the elderly, so it’s even worse – they think they know better than EVERYONE. I just stand my ground. I don’t know what to say beyond that… I make good points, and think before I speak, but really I’d do that regardless!

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