2) Keep It Civil
Rude behaviour isn’t just a nuisance, it’s a significant source of stress and anxiety. A 2008 U.S. study of more than 1,500 men and women found that workplace incivility negatively affected the mental and physical health of victims of sarcasm, disparagement or the silent treatment. The surprise? Those who worked with the victims were also less healthy. “It could be the result of the ‘co-victimization experience’ of witnessing the incivility, or the fear that they could be the next victim,” says study co-author Sandy Lim of the National University of Singapore. Foster a respectful workplace atmosphere to reduce everyone’s stress.