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Civility at Workplace

  • Swetha Y
  • Jul 2, 2019
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Civility in the workstation is a mounting issue. A study specifies that the percentage of employees who report being treated rudely by colleagues at least once a month has risen by 13 percentage. The costs of incivility upswing as employee stress levels increase, leading to lessened employee performance, and amplified employee turnover. Uncivil deeds threaten harmony in the workstation to anybody, employees start to dislike everything and finally quit the job.

To be clear, civility encompasses more than just good manners, and etiquette. It includes the behavior that helps to preserve the norms for mutual respect at work. Civility usually is demonstrated through manners, courtesy, politeness, and general awareness of the rights, wishes, concerns, and feelings of others and demands that one speaks in ways that are respectful, responsible, and principles. You need to avoid being offensive, rude, demeaning and threatening.


I feel that the novice needs to be respected first, that is we should not forget to be polite and avoid being sarcastic and ignorant towards them. Because the same study suggests that the most significant quality that stored commitment and engagement from employees was respect from their leaders. The study found that those getting respect reported much higher levels of health, which is the most important and well-being; resulting in greater enjoyment, gratification, and connotation from their jobs; and had better focus and greater ability to be the best at problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Those feelings show respect and importantly civility is taught by the employer to the novices who were also much more likely to engage with work responsibilities and more likely to stay with their organizations. The study concludes that when organizations address these issues methodically, more civility will follow.

Now anything that you do opposite is incivility. You can’t say I don’t want to be told about what I have to do. It harms the targets of the company. There will be Production deviance like leaving early, taking excessive breaks and intentionally working slow as well as wasting resources on the activities like shopping, reading fashion updates and so on. The next being Property deviance like, sabotaging equipment, accepting kickbacks,lying about hours workedand stealing from the company. You can expect Political deviance as welllike, showing favoritism,gossiping about co-workers,blaming co-workerscompeting for non-beneficially which leads to personal aggressions like sexual harassment, verbal abuse, stealing from co-workers, endangering co-workers and more.


Let’s have exampled understanding. In simple words, civility is going out of your way to help someone, it is about acknowledging your mistakes and making appropriate amends, saying please and thank you, using a positive tone of voice, filling the copier with paper after using the last piece, apologizing when you do something that offends someone, refusing to participate in gossip, showing respect for other people’s feeling and opinions.


Incivility is failing to return phone calls, voice mails, and emails. Humorous put-downs, eye rolling, heavy sarcasm, derogatory remarks, not keeping appointments’, interrupting conversations or meetings, yelling, phone slamming, fist pounding, spitting, throwing objects, chipping away at someone’s self-esteem through constant slights, ignoring others and their opinions addressing people in an unprofessional manner.


Hence we need to realize the thirst of civility in our offices, we should stop being loud and arrogant. “Because being respectful to your co-workers is good for Business”.

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