Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Passive Aggressive Behavior in the Workplace and Why It Should NEVER be Ignored

Let’s begin by defining exactly what “passive aggressive” means. Passive aggressive behavior takes many forms but can generally be described as a non-verbal aggression that manifests in negative behavior. It is when you are angry with someone but do not or cannot tell them.

A person that possesses this type of personality trait will not confront someone else directly if they are angry at them but will get revenge in ways that the other person often is not even aware of. Instead of asking you why you did something they did not like they are more likely to strike back at you in such a way that many times you won’t even realize who the culprit was.

Even though this type of behavior is not usually dangerous to others it can be and it is always disruptive and counterproductive in the workplace. The morale and efficiency of an entire office staff can be disrupted by one passive aggressive individual and in the most extreme cases violence is a possibility.

It’s not hard to spot a person with this type of personality if you know what to look for. It is possible for someone to display some of these traits and not be truly passive aggressive but if you can say yes to most of these signals than you are definitely dealing with someone that has anger issues. Here are 10 red flags that can help you to identify (and maybe avoid) someone that displays this type of behavior in the workplace:

10 Signs that Should Not be Ignored
1. Ignoring notes, e-mails left to them by others
2. Doing less after having been asked to do more
3. Avoiding responsibility for tasks assigned to them
4. Complaining about office policies and procedures
5. “Forgetting” or “misplacing” important documents by “accident”
6. Leaving notes or using e-mail in an effort to avoid a personal confrontation
7. Resisting any suggestions for change or improvements in the work environment
8. Calling out coworkers in public settings such as meetings or during presentations
9. Withholding important information that others need to know to do their job effectively
10. Going over a boss’ head (or someone else) to make him or her look bad in the eyes of others

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