The paralysis of civility and the heightened acrimony in both public and private fora is considered a detriment to the health of a high-functioning and prosperous society. In the context of contemporary culture, the potential conflict between people with antithetical values and antithetical ideologies in a nonconsensual and neutral-ground locale is at a heightened level. When two people are obligated to each other in professional environments, they need to get along. Yet, as organizations have flattened and gone casual over recent decades, the boundaries of traditional politeness and respect have diminished (Andersson & Pearson, 1999). Leadership and organizational environments are aligned tangentially with the social science of professional behavior, and the discourtesy shared between professional peers has become emblematic of incivility. The price of incivility for companies around the world is on the rise, according to Christine Porath (2013). Civil communication is essential for carrying out fundamental tasks for successfully managing and maintaining a business (Lazzari, 2018).

The next generation is inheriting a complex world of incivility, and the need for soft-skill education aimed at the attainment of human harmony is worthy of investigation. There is a substantial corpus of literature on the concept of civility, even though there is no existing framework for it currently. However, as a result of investigating prosocial behavioral norms and drivers, there are numerous supporting frames (Grant, 2013a, 2021; Schein & Schein, 2018) and collective agreement that reference civility as a result.

This research endeavors to speak to the contextual evidence discovering how the lens of contemporary frames could connect differentiated norms to civility for baccalaureate level comprehension and practice. As humans circumvent the world, the global implications of the study were significant as civility is a catalyst for healthy, diverse, and productive environments.

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Business communication; Courtesy; Leadership

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Laura Hyatt