Tips on Building an Animosity-free and Civil Workplace

by Dec 12, 2015

Whenever an organization faces a tight market combined with stagnant wages and less opportunities for personal improvement, it leaves workers frustrated. Animosity between coworkers stem out from personal conflicts, different work approaches, or amplified competitions, threatening a civil workplace from existing. These circumstances may lead to numerous workplace problems such as decreased productivity and hostility.

In a corporate scenario, unresolved conflicts may lead to violence. And violence rooting from animosity or lack of civility at work represents the extreme organizational conditions. “The more pervasive problem resulting from animosity and conflict is workplace incivility, which can take the form of nasty or demeaning notes, child-like treatment, and unreasonable requests.” Incivility might result to a toxic workplace setting in which results could just be as devastating as workplace violence.

It is rather wise to face these problems and think of workplace bullying solutions than running away with it. One can create a civil and animosity-free workplace by socializing with coworkers, checking one’s problems, keeping an open communication, dealing with people you do not like, and staying away from office gossips and politics. Bringing a piece of home to the office and taking a vacation might also help in loosing down one’s personal tension.

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About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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