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    We are Better Than That: Turning Incivility into a Respectful, Thriving Work Culture

    Date: February 19, 2020, 5:30pm
    Dulles SHRM
    Holiday Inn Dulles
    45425 Holiday Drive
    Sterling, VA 20166
    $35.00 Member, $55.00 Non-Member, $25.00 Member in Transition
    Event Type:
    Chapter Meeting - Dinner
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    Anecdotal evidence and research show that incivility is on the rise, especially in the public and political arena. It doesn’t help that it is further exemplified in the news and entertainment media, political discourse, and our daily conversations. When social and cultural factors make people’s uncivil speech and behaviors acceptable, they tend to seep into the workplace as well. With the U.S. becoming more and more politically polarized, especially in the face of this year’s upcoming presidential elections, it is imperative to recognize incivility and address ways to combat it within organizations.  

    Learning objectives:

    • Introduce attendees to workplace incivility and the ways in which it manifests itself explicitly and implicitly
    • Discuss how incivility can lead to a hostile workplace environment causing decreased morale and productivity
    • With the help of statistics and case studies, the impact of incivility will be shown both at the individual as well as the organizational level
    • Identify strategies to check uncivil behaviors and foster civility in the workplace

    Dinner Agenda:

    5:30: Networking

    5:50: Announcements/Dinner

    6:15: Program

    7:15: Closing Remarks/Raffles


    This has been approved for 1 SHRM credit and 1 HRCI General credit.


    About the speaker:

    Dr. Pratibha Kumar is the Founder of Sungh Consultancy LLC, a diversity and inclusion company in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. She is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. Her teaching and research interests include interpersonal and intercultural communication, multiculturalism, and gender. She delivers talks and presentations to local SHRM chapters as a way to give back. She also provides trainings, seminars, and coaching to organizations on D&I issues. Dr. Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of North Dakota, and she has been teaching and doing research for the last 15 years. She has written and presented papers at regional, national, and international academic conferences as well as spoken at non-academic, community settings. Her terminal degree and academic appointments have given her access to the latest research on topics of diversity, inclusion, and organizational culture.