Civility and respect mean:
- Treating others at work with respect
- Actively listen to others and trying to see different perspectives
- Being mindful of your words, actions, and assumptions
- Avoiding judgement or jumping to conclusions
- Respecting everyone’s work and recognizing everyone’s contributions
Serious problems like bullying, harassment, discrimination, and even violence are the extreme end of a lack of civility and respect at work. However, subtler forms of incivility or lack of respect can really take a tool on the entire workplace. Gossip, rude comments, refusing to acknowledge coworkers or their contributions, inappropriate jokes, and favouritism are some examples of lack of civility and respect in the workplace.
Civility and respect do not mean ignoring problems, conflicts, or disagreements. Instead, it’s a way to proactively deal with problems at work in a way that makes everyone feel respected.