Respect & Civility Training

Create and Maintain a Respectful Workplace

Promoting a Civil & Respectful Workplace Culture

Respect and Civility in the Workplace Training Includes:

  • An understanding of what respect and civility is in the workplace.
  • The skills and attitudes needed to demonstrate respect and civility.
  • How managers and employees can identify uncivil behaviour.
  • How a workplace built on trust and respect leads to better results.
  • How modelling civil behaviour improves productivity and customer retention.
  • How to create a positive work environment.
  • Maintaining civility in the workplace leads to better outcomes.

HR Proactive’s “Respect and Civility in the Workplace” training looks at the concept of Workplace Respect and Civility and its importance in today’s increasingly diverse workplace.  We review the skills and attitudes needed to effectively demonstrate respect and civil behaviour and how to identify uncivil behaviour and what to do if it occurs.

Respect and Civility training is available in various methods of delivery depending on the needs of your organization:

Customized Instructor-led Program:  Includes experiential learning methods, scenarios and activities related to workplace issues.

Live-Virtual Training Sessions:  Adapted to your schedule with a live instructor.

Streaming Option:  This option is great for employers that want to deliver the workshop themselves.

E-Learning Module: We provide the training in a SCORM file to upload to your HRIS/LMS

HR Pro Hosted LMS:   We will host the training on our server with our Course Content. 

Respect and Civility training can be implemented with other titles such as: Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions as well as Bystander Intervention Training.

The Process of Promoting a Civil & Respectful Workplace

It is important to get a sense of your workplace culture as it pertains to civility and respect. A workplace audit that canvasses employees on this issue can help to focus on areas of workplace culture that enhance or detract from civility, and to reinforce for employees the value that civility brings to the workplace. Such an audit will allow you to get a picture of what needs to be done to create a respectful workplace. As with any worthwhile workplace initiative, this cannot be a one-off affair. The values of Respect and Civility in the Workplace need to be restated, revisited, and reinforced as a normal part of ongoing employee training.

Develop a statement of workplace values that emphasizes the central importance of civility and respect

After the audit has been completed and the input from employees analyzed, draft and post throughout your workplace a statement setting out the commitment to a respectful and civil workplace. This should be separate from established discrimination or harassment policies, so as to emphasize a pro-active commitment to these values as fundamental to all your company’s other policies.

Be clear about what civility and respect mean.

When workplaces undergo gender, demographic or other changes, certain conduct that may have been accepted in the past may turn out to be unwelcome in a more diverse work environment. (Think of once male-dominated work areas featuring pin-ups and male intramural humour, etc.) For this reason, the statement of values should set out concrete examples of welcome and unwelcome behaviour, ideally customized to your workplace and obtained as part of your workplace audit. (One possible example: “At ABC Co., employees are called by their names, not nicknames or terms of endearment, such as ‘my dear’.”) Illustrate the goal of making every interaction a positive one for both parties.

Provide an effective avenue of redress.

A complaint resolution process is essential to convincing employees that you take their issues seriously. If as an employer you already have such a process to address human rights, workplace safety or harassment concerns, you should allow for such a process to consider complaints about uncivil or disrespectful conduct, whether filed pursuant to an incident or with respect to the general workplace atmosphere. Employees should be reassured that there is a way to bring concerns to management’s attention and that complaints will be taken seriously and handled objectively, fairly, and in a timely manner.

Address issues flagged in the audit head on.

It is likely that the workplace audit will identify issues that require follow-up. These could range from relatively minor irritants to serious concerns. By addressing these issues forthrightly, the employer can help reassure employees of its commitment to the core values set out in the Statement of Values. This may be achieved a number of ways–through regular training or through other communication such as a company newsletter.

Ensure that management sets the tone, modelling respect and civility.

Respect and civility apply to everyone, from the CEO on down. If employees feel there is one standard of conduct for management and another for everyone else, any attempt to implement a respectful and civil workplace will fail. Management by yelling, belittlement or derision, it should go without saying, is inconsistent with respect and civility.

Your work is not done once you have set out a Statement of Values; you should move to ensure that the introduction of such a Statement is accompanied by training for all employees. Training should address how it is possible for people to engage in disrespectful behaviour without intending to, and how such miscommunication can be resolved. And as with any training, it is important to reinforce values of civility and respect, by regular follow-up training.

Civility and respect should be part of regular employee performance reviews. Those employees who stand out in modeling civil and respectful behaviour should be rewarded for their efforts, whether through bonuses (if that is part of your corporate practice), or through other means, such as being recognized in company newsletters, etc.

Civility and respect are not fads. They are foundational values for any organization or company. Employees need to know that these values are an integral part of your company’s DNA, and that the company is committed to them over the long haul. The only way to demonstrate this effectively is over the long term.

Occasionally other methods of intervention may be required such as Mediation or Workplace Restoration.  Visit HR Proactive Inc., for a complete list of our services.

Why Being Respectful to Your Co-Workers is Good For Business.


HR Proactive Inc. offers several options to train employees, quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

HR Pro Hosted LMS

HR Pro Hosted LMS

Your own branded Training Platform

SCORM Training File

SCORM Training File

SCORM Training File to upload to your Learning Management System

Streaming Service

Streaming Service

Streaming Service Platform with offline options

Virtual Training

Virtual Training

For 5-100+ Participants. Virtual Custom Meetings

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With Additional Topics:
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Cultural Diversity & Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Equity & Discrimination
  • Leadership Development Training
  • Managing Emotions at Work
  • Preventing Harassment/Bullying & Viiolence
  • Sexual Harassment: #MeToo
  • Unconscious Bias and Microagressions

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