Dealing with passive aggressive behavior in the workplace can be a real pain in the neck, but first, you have to know how to spot it. Here are some hilarious ways to recognize passive aggressive behavior:
The Eye Roll: If your co-worker rolls their eyes every time you speak, they might be harboring some passive aggressive feelings towards you. Or they could have a twitch. Who knows?
The Silent Treatment: If you notice that someone is suddenly not talking to you, it's a red flag that they may be using the silent treatment as a passive aggressive tactic. Or maybe they just have laryngitis?
The Sigh: If someone lets out an exaggerated sigh every time you ask them to do something, they may be trying to express their frustration in a passive aggressive way. Or maybe they just really enjoy breathing out loudly?...
The Guilt Trip: If a co-worker always seems to make you feel guilty for asking them to do their job, they might be using passive aggressive behavior to avoid responsibility. Or maybe they're just really good at making you feel bad?
The Backhanded Compliment: If someone compliments you in a way that feels insulting, it might be a passive aggressive attempt to put you down. Or maybe they're just really bad at giving compliments?
While these behaviors can be frustrating, it's important to remember that humor can be a great tool for dealing with them. Whichever way you do it, this type of behavour should be addressed. Give me a shout if you need help!
What about you? Have you come across any passive aggressive people in the workplace?
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