10 Rudest Things People Do at Work
It's funny when the boss is rude and sarcastic on ''The Office'' or ''30 Rock,'' but what happens when the boss is boorish in the real world? In a word, trouble. And no one is laughing.
The Civility Initiative at The Johns Hopkins University and the Jacob France Institute of the University of Baltimore surveyed 615 employees and others in the Baltimore, Md., area to find out the worst examples of 9-to-5 incivility. No. 1 on this "terrible 10" list of rude behaviors is discrimination, followed by aggressive driving to and from work and taking credit for someone else's work.
The "Terrible 10" most rude workplace behaviors:
- Discrimination in an employment situation.
- Erratic/aggressive driving to and from work that endangers others.
- Taking credit for someone else's work.
- Treating service providers as inferiors.
- Jokes or remarks that mock another's race/gender/age/disability/sexual preference or religion.
- Children who behave aggressively or who bully others.
- Littering (including trash, spitting, pet waste).
- Misuse of handicapped privileges.
- Smoking in non-smoking places or smoking in front of non-smokers without asking.
- Using cell phones or text messaging in mid-conversation or during an appointment or meeting.
"The research suggests that people are bothered more by the transgressions of co-workers and strangers than by those of family and friends," said P.M. Forni, director of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins, who conducted the research with David Stevens, Treva Stack and Stacey Lee of the University of Baltimore. This is interesting in itself, Forni noted, but the next necessary step for the research team will be to find out why. "Maybe we are less rude towards family, or maybe we are more inclined to tolerate rude behavior when it comes from family," Forni said.
--From the Editors at Netscape