Incivility makes women work harder

Men withdraw from work, take more sick days, finds study
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2013

When it comes to incivility at the workplace — including gossiping, rude behaviour, eye-rolling and derogatory comments — men and women have very different responses.

When women are faced with incivility, they respond by working harder while men withdraw from work, according to an Australian study.

One explanation for this difference may be that women place more importance on good personal and social relationships with colleagues, said Jennifer Loh, a senior lecturer at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia, and lead researcher of the study, which has yet to be published.