Workplace incivility against women in STEM: Insights and best practices

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Saxena - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0328-7305

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Extant empirical and non-empirical work has shown that women are at a higher risk of being a target of workplace incivility. This manifests in a variety of deleterious outcomes for women at work – turnover intentions, poor performance, increased stress, poor well-being, negative relationships, increased work-life conflict, attrition, to name a few. Indeed, while women are particularly at risk for being a target of incivility, this problem is exacerbated for women in STEM fields due to a variety of factors that are focal and unique to the STEM industry. In this paper, I briefly outline the unique characteristics of STEM industry that make it highly susceptible to creating an atmosphere that promotes workplace incivility against women employees. Next, I provide five best practice recommendations that are geared towards improving work climate for women in STEM, reducing incivility, and promoting overall retention.


This is an abstract presented at the 2018 Dismantling Bias Conference at Purdue University Krannert School of Management in the Abstracts of Works in Progress section Track 1. https://krannert.purdue.edu/events/leadership-excellence-and-gender/2018/abstracts-in-progress.php