Here today but not gone tomorrow

incivility affects after-work and next-day recovery

Tahnee Nicholson*, Barbara Griffin

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study examined the relation between daily incivility and afterwork recovery, hypothesizing that workplace incivility would have a negative effect on situational wellbeing, afterwork recovery experiences (psychological detachment and relaxation) and next-morning recovery level. Daily surveys were completed on 5 consecutive workdays by 175 employees in the legal industry. Multilevel analyses controlling for the daily number of hours worked showed that day-level incivility was negatively related to afterwork situational wellbeing and psychological detachment, but not to relaxation. Incivility experienced on 1 day also predicted recovery level the following morning. Results emphasize the ongoing impact of rudeness and disrespect in the workplace on employee wellbeing and offer an explanation for the long-term negative outcomes of what is typically thought of as a less severe workplace stressor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-225
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational Health Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015


  • Incivility
  • Psychological detachment
  • Recovery from job stress
  • Relaxation
  • Situational wellbeing

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