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Diversity and Incivility: Toward an Action-Oriented Approach
Advances in Developing Human Resources
  • Rod P. Githens, University of Louisville
Document Type
Article
DOI
10.1177/1523422311410646
Publication Date
2-1-2011
Abstract
Some individuals experience incivility at work based on others’ perceptions of whether they are different from the norm. Incivility, the often-unintentional violation of social norms, can occur as a result of perpetrators’ unconscious prejudice. Such activity can result in decreased employee satisfaction, increased likelihood of looking for another job, and decreased mental and physical health. Employers can take these threats seriously by considering how to integrate diversity initiatives and incivility initiatives. Common diversity interventions might unintentionally lead to increased acts of incivility due to the likelihood of suppressing true feelings. In addition, programs that encourage diversity awareness development and continuous introspection have been criticized for not leading to meaningful action. This article culminates in addressing how diversity initiatives might be reimagined using an incivility framework that seeks to integrate an action orientation.
Citation Information
Rod P. Githens. "Diversity and Incivility: Toward an Action-Oriented Approach" Advances in Developing Human Resources Vol. 13 Iss. 1 (2011) p. 40 - 53 ISSN: 1523-4223
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rod-githens/48/