Respect and Civility in the Workplace

In the workplace, the line between personal and professional behavior is quickly disappearing. There are employees whose private lives are known to all. Even their most peculiar behaviors are willingly exposed. They reveal their marital problems, bedroom activities, financial difficulties and of course, the constant chatter about their aggressive bosses and annoying coworkers.

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned privacy and civil behavior? In the workplace today, the active, uncontrolled and uncensored tongue is working overtime. Life is good as long as I can talk about me, myself and I.

When was the last time you had just one solitary workday that was free of whining, bickering, gossip, and backstabbing? Of course, these behaviors have been around as long as the human race has existed. However, the levels of incivility, rude behavior, bullying, harassment and freedom to use foul language has never reached the overflowing levels that we experience today.

Perhaps social media and the ability to hide behind our smartphones and gadgets have given us a sense of bravado that allows us to be brash, in your face and downright mean. Perhaps we’re all angry at not getting all the things we think we deserve.

It’s time to bring a little silence in our overactive, overstimulated brains. We are much too dependent and preoccupied with our gadgets and technological comforts. So much so that we’re missing the real movie, the one that’s playing live, in front of our eyes, the one we call life. Perhaps a little dose of silence will help us reconnect and induce us to have real, face to face conversations with our bosses, our team members and most important of all, our family. For many of us, as we enter our daily workplaces, it’s time to check our personal baggage at the door and behave as considerate professionals.

For many of us, it’s time to take a good, long and hard look in the mirror and grow up!