Professional Civility: Communicative Virtue At Work

Professional Civility: Communicative Virtue At Work

  • Publish Date: 2012-11-30
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Janie M. Harden Fritz
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The crisis of incivility plaguing todays workplace calls for an approach to communication that restores respect and integrity to interpersonal encounters in organizational life. Professional civility is a communicative virtue that protects and promotes productivity, ones place of employment, and persons with whom we carry out our tasks in the workplace. Drawn from the history of professions as dignified occupations providing valuable contributions to the human community, an understanding of civility as communicative virtue, and MacIntyres treatment of practices, professional civility supports the practice of professions in contemporary organizations. A communicative ethic of professional civility requires attentiveness to the task at hand, support of an organizations mission, and appropriate relationships with others in the workplace. Professional civility fosters communicative habits of the heart that extend beyond the walls of the workplace, encouraging a return to the service ethic that remains an enduring legacy of the professions in the United States.

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