Civility in the Workplace – Weekly Update

Civility in the Workplace – Weekly Update

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | Principal, KWM HR Consulting LLC

In the dynamic arena of modern workplaces, civility stands as a cornerstone for fostering collaboration, productivity, and overall employee well-being. In the bustling epicenter of New York City’s diverse professional landscape, cultivating a culture of respect and courtesy is not just a desirable trait but a fundamental necessity. As President of New York City SHRM, I firmly advocate for the cultivation of a workplace environment where civility thrives and fully support SHRM’s effort of One Million Civil Workplace Conversations.


Civility is not merely a superficial nicety; it is the bedrock upon which trust and camaraderie are built. In a city as vibrant and fast paced as New York, where individuals from various backgrounds converge, fostering mutual respect is essential for creating inclusive and cohesive teams. When employees feel valued and respected, they are more likely to engage actively, contribute innovative ideas, and collaborate effectively.

Moreover, the significance of civility extends beyond individual interactions; it reverberates throughout the organizational culture. A workplace characterized by civility promotes psychological safety, reducing stress levels and enhancing overall job satisfaction. Employees are more likely to feel supported and motivated, leading to increased retention rates and heightened organizational performance.

In essence, prioritizing civility in the workplace isn’t just a matter of etiquette; it’s a strategic imperative. As leaders, it is our responsibility to champion a culture of respect, empathy, and kindness, ensuring that every employee feels valued and empowered to thrive in their professional endeavors. By fostering an environment where civility reigns supreme, we pave the way for greater collaboration, innovation, and success in the bustling metropolis of New York City and beyond.

Be well.

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

President, New York City SHRM

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