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Dawn Rosenberg McKay

Love Thy Colleague: Learning to Respect Your Co-Workers

By November 30, 2012

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Our society has gotten into the habit of speak (or post) first, think later. Maybe social media and the anonymity with which we can say anything we want is to blame. There is a certain lack of civility that has become all too common, particularly online. If you have to look into a person's eyes, you are less likely to say something that may insult him or her. With a screen between you and the person to whom you are speaking, one may become more willing to say whatever comes to mind. I say "please keep civility alive!" As a society we can't function well without it and in the workplace if we don't respect our colleagues we will all grow to hate our jobs.

There are many ways we can disrespect our co-workers, some having nothing to do with the things we say to them, whether in person or online. We can steal credit for work someone else has done, we can talk on the phone too loudly or we can gossip. You don't have to be best friends with your co-workers—often it's better if you're not—but you should respect them. Find out how. Read Toward a More Civil Work Place.

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