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How people treat each other matters. “Incivility” in the workplace is rampant and worsening. Organizations that ignore or allow bullying, rudeness, and other disrespectful behaviors suffer lost productivity and employee disengagement. Management professor Christine Porath conducted extensive research on workplace “civility,” surveying thousands of people worldwide in organizations large and small. Porath designed her practical guide for leaders who want to infuse civility into their corporate cultures and for individuals striving to exert a more positive influence. getAbstract recommends this manual on workplace relations to HR professionals, leaders, small-business owners and everyone whose mom already told them to be nice.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How workplace “incivility” hurts companies,
  • How to make yourself and your organization more “civil,” and
  • What to do if you are the target of incivility.

About the Author

Georgetown University associate professor of management Christine Porath consults with organizations on civility.   



The Growing Loss of Workplace “Civility”

Imagine this scenario: An entertainment company decides layoffs are necessary. As the vice president breaks the news to a loyal employee, the general manager works nearby with his feet propped on the table, ignoring the exchange and expressing no empathy toward the worker. Such displays of rude behavior makes people feel slighted, ignored and disrespected.

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