Just about every office I’ve worked in — from a florist to newsroom — I’ve experienced the worst workplace crimes.
People stealing lunches, coworkers screaming at each other, bosses bullying workers, interns coming to work hungover or, worse, still dressed like they rolled into work directly from the club. Racist remarks, text messaging during meetings, not cleaning the microwave — oh, it’s crazy.
According to business experts and civility leaders, today’s workplace has become increasingly more casual, with people being rude, disrespectful and downright mean. According to “The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility Is Damaging Your Business and What To Do About It,” the problem of incivility in the workplace has been compounded by our increasing tolerance of nasty behavior as a culture. I mean, just watch “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and you get an idea of what kinds of bad behaviors we’re actually tolerating.
But all this is contributing to a less productive and more hostile work environment — which likely contributes to a general dissatisfaction with our jobs.
So what happened? How did we get to this point?
I found an article online where readers submitted the less-than-civil behaviors they’ve experienced in the workplace. Here are some examples:
“Clipping your nails at your desk.”
“I had a co-worker who would report on the previous evening’s bowel movement.”
“I used to work with a guy who would floss his teeth at his desk. Even worse, he’d leave the pieces of floss lying around.”
“The person who microwaves a bag of popcorn at 3 p.m. every afternoon and has to walk down the long hallway to their cubicle whilst the smell of edible oil product attaches itself to the worn fabric dividers…”
What’s your take on civility in the workplace? And what are some annoying behaviors you’ve dealt with?