The journal “Occupational Health Science” has just published a study by the Portland State University and the University of Illinois on the impact of workplace incivility (i.e., rudeness and disrespect) on people’s private lives.
According to this research, incivility at work is associated with negative work rumination outside of work as well as insomnia symptoms (i.e., spillover). The study further proposes that rumination in one employee is also linked to insomnia symptoms in the employee’s partner (i.e., crossover), but this crossover effect was only found among work-linked couples (=couples that work in the same organization or have the same occupation as their partner).
The most interesting thing I found in this research is what you can read between the lines, namely that pointing the finger doesn’t help. Being aware that someone at work is being rude, that it is “their fault” isn’t enough to make us feel better.
As I always say: if we want to find a solution, we have to start from us.
Researchers suggest that organizations should implement procedures that help reduce the occurrence of workplace incivility.
In my opinion, this is too mild: organizations need leaders that set an example of good behavior and have clarity of goals – this is the only way to create respectful and productive teams.