Rude coworkers could affect your health, study finds

Mon, 2017-03-27

By Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Rude coworkers bringing you down?

You’re not alone.

Ninety-nine per cent of people have experienced “workplace incivility”, according to reports cited by Sandy Hershcovis, lead researcher for a new study on workplace rudeness.

And, just because the behaviour is routine doesn’t mean its effects are insignificant.

“We found that people who were treated rudely at work experienced higher levels of embarrassment, lower levels of belongingness,” says Herschcovis, an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, in an interview with CBC News.

“They felt like they didn’t fit in, and those translated into higher feelings of job insecurity and more negative health outcomes, including stomach problems, headaches and sleeplessness.”