NEW PAPER ALERT! So proud of this one: "The Embodiment of Insult: A Theory of Biobehavioral Response to Workplace Incivility" with @LiliaCortina and @SandyHershcovis. This paper was years in the making as we met and theorized and wrote and wrote again.
The main contributions of this paper are that we: 1) theorize how workplace incivilities leave traces on the body. We offer our thinking on the relevant mechanisms - inflammation and HPA activation - as well as the limitations of some of the ways this is typically done.
2) We discuss the effects not only of the "uncivil moment" but how a target's response to that moment creates additional biological reverberations. Being able to achieve resolution is good for workplace relationships but also good for your body.
Which leads to 3) Target responses to incivility are about social and cultural environment. For example, if a WOC is experiencing targeted harassment & has few options for social support (esp other WOC) she does not have access to ways to resolve, affiliate, feel better.
As another example, if your workplace is a space for masculinity contests (a la Glick and @JBerdahl) it isn't cool to do the kinds of affiliative work that repairs relationships, which is another way access may be denied to the most fruitful forms of resolution and accountability
When people are crappy to each other at work, yeah, it's bad for productivity. But it's also just a terrible thing to do and causes actual bodily harm. So to my final point:
Workplaces that decide to create inclusion and justice-oriented cultures reward and incentivize the behaviors that reduce incivility, AND create room for the behaviors that help people heal from them.
This is one of the papers I am most proud of, and in large part it's because I got to collaborate and become friends with two of the most brilliant organizational psychologists around. Lilia and Sandy, I learn from you every day and am so glad we did this important work together!
You know what would be useful? A LINK TO THE PAPER:…
Oh gosh and I totally forgot to mention one more thing: we made sure to include a footnote to acknowledge and problematize this decades-old term "incivility" and its harms to Indigenous people.

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