Gender, Attitudes and Perceptions of Workplace Incivility

Christopher Brady, Western Kentucky University


The purpose of the present study was to examine perceptions of workplace incivility as a function of observers' gender, observers' gender-related attitudes, and the gender of the instigator and target of the mistreatment. The study included data from 102 (65% female, 90% white) participants from various occupations and backgrounds across the United States. Participants completed a web-based survey that consisted of scenarios of uncivil interactions, gender-attitudes, and various demographic information. Results suggest that observers' gender and gender-related attitudes are important factors in how they perceive workplace incivility. Results also suggest that the gender of those involved in uncivil interactions is less influential.