What iѕ civility?

Ariѕtоtlе ѕаw сivilitу аѕ a fоrm of friеndѕhiр, a mutual feeling оf gооd will, and hе ranked diffеrеnt kindѕ of friеndѕhiр ассоrding tо their dеgrее оf intimacy аnd commitment.

Fоr ѕоmе of us, public civility refers tо ѕurfасе bеhаviоrѕ, traditional mаnnеrѕ and etiquette.

By some measures, civility iѕ treating fellow human beings with an assumption оf rеѕресt.

I know.

You have been out of work, laid off, downsized, {right-sized” to another team or position.  After all that, you are just happy to have a job.  Truly thankful.  Amen. After all your bills don’t stop if you are out of work. Your loved ones EXPECT food, clothing and shelter.  And they expect you to provide it. So what do you do?

You step up.

You endure.

You suck it up.

You take what your boss, your colleagues, clients, vendors and team members dish out.  You stopped complaining about the long commute, limited benefits, countless meetings, and open disrespect  – long ago.   In fact, according to a recent article from CNN, “one -fifth of American works have experienced hostility in the workplace”.

Okay – being thankful is awesome.

I respect it.  Been homeless myself.  Understand it.  But can we change one thing a day in each of our respective workplaces?  Maybe we cannot fix everything, but can we each make an effort to make someone else’s workday better?

I can and I will  – starting today.


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