Additional Resources & Information
"In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock." -- Thomas Jefferson
University Policies & Links:
External Respectful Workplace Resources
The Baltimore Workplace Civility Study (2003)
The Baltimore Workplace Civility Study began as collaboration between the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute, the John Hopkins University, and local business leaders. A survey was designed and in the spring of 2000, a random sample of 400 employees from four Baltimore area industries participated in the study (Non-Profit, Manufacturing, Business Services, Bio-Sciences). A total of 130 surveys were received; a return rate of 32.5%. Respondents were asked to consider uncivil behavior they had encountered over the year preceding the survey and respond accordingly. Uncivil behavior was defined as “actions or verbal exchanges you would consider rude, disrespectful, dismissive, threatening, demeaning, or inappropriate”.
Dr. P.M. Forni’s Civility Website
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. P.M. Forni, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, co-founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project in 1997. An aggregation of academic and community outreach activities, the JHCP aimed at assessing the significance of civility, manners and politeness in contemporary society. The JHCP has been reconstituted as The Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins, which Dr. Forni now directs. This Web site is designed to introduce Dr. Forni's work on civility and to offer links to related material.
Dr. Forni works to illustrate the connections among civility, ethics and quality of life. In his lectures and workshops he frequently talks about the rewards of fostering a culture of civility in today’s workplace. He has published two books, Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct (2002) and The Civility Solution: What to Do when People Are Rude (2008) as well as numerous articles on civility.
Johns Hopkins University
Edmonds Community College
Because It Matters Civility Initiative
Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Venice, FL)
Because It Matters is a community-wide initiative to promote civility in workplaces, neighborhoods and civic organizations, and schools. It is a campaign to encourage citizens to communicate in a more respectful way, improving public discourse. In partnership with the Collins Center for Public Policy (Florida), the Because It Matters advisory committees developed a Fair Campaign Practice Pledge that supports the premise of the Because It Matters civility project and the Civility in Democracy series.
Because It Matters is all about: Improving quality of life by increasing civic participation, civil discourse, and social capital. Those are all stylish words for politeness, good manners, and making connections to the community, and those behaviors are the glue for creating the social network we need to live happy, healthy lives.