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You mentioned to me in a follow-up email that the remark in question may have been an extremely poorly conveyed compliment that only revealed your peer’s negative perceptions about your area of work and about you as a professional. Kavadas says ambiguity of intent is a hallmark of incivility.

“Perceived incivility is damaging for individuals even when there isn’t malicious intent since it still leaves [them] feeling disrespected or undermined. It can also lead to recipients of uncivil behaviour ruminating about the incident, avoiding co-workers and feeling unmotivated.″⁣

It can also lead to diminished confidence and reduced productivity and, perhaps worst of all, Kavadas says, to the desire to retaliate, which may bring about a…



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