Often we come across rude colleagues who ventu their anger and jealousy in the office. It was often taken for granted by people as office politics. Often people are targeted with rude, sarcastic comments and demeaning language. Neither the team leader nor the boss can escape this trauma.
Now a new study has found that such workplace uncivilities not only affect an employee's entire day, but also the night as it directly affects their sleep. It could even pass on to the partner, it adds. Whenever a person experiences rude, discourteous, impolite colleagues at workplace, they tend to ruminate more about work at home.
Eventually, it affects their sleep too as they face trouble falling asleep or may wake up in the middle of the night. In turn, this also affects the spouse or partner, and more so if the couple works in the same company or occupation, the researchers noted. The study was conducted on 305 couples working in a variety of jobs.
It is "because work-linked couples have a better idea of what's going on in each other's work, they can be better supporters", said Charlotte Fritz, Associate Professor from the Portland State University in the US. "They probably know more about the context of the uncivil act and might be more pulled into the venting or problem-solving process."
In fact, many organisations have been tryping to create a culture of civility by imposing zero-tolerance policies in offices or offering civility training, but the number of reported uncivilities at workplace are growing in the wake of fast-paced lifestyle in urban environment.
Solutions are many such as mentally detaching from work during non-work hours or spending time with family and friends or enjoying hobbies, and practising Yoga. "They can talk about work, vent about it, discuss it, but then they should make an explicit attempt to unwind together and create good conditions for sleep," suggested Fritz.
The research paper has been published in the journal Occupational Health Science.