Respect isn’t especially difficult to earn, but it must be earned—that is to say, it can’t be won, stumbled upon, or started with. When you first enter the workforce, most people (aside from those with a habit of casting immediate judgment) will view you neutrally, and the habits you exhibit will gradually move them toward one opinion or another; depending on your actions, you could set yourself up to be taken as a serious and professional member of the team, or a slacker unworthy of respect.
Obviously, you want the former. To be successful in almost any field demands that you are taken seriously, and engaging in these habits is the best way to get there:
1. Arrive Early
There’s no need to show up to a meeting an hour early, but give yourself a few extra minutes to get in and get settled—or at least protect yourself against the eventuality of getting sidetracked or detoured. This goes for more than just meetings, of course—it also goes for interviews, lunches, company functions, and daily work in general. Even if your company has a pretty lenient policy when it comes to punctuality, others in your office will notice if you occasionally show up late. Don’t let a simple mistake like lateness compromise your reputation.