We’ve all dealt with passive aggressiveness at work and we may even be guilty of being passive aggressive ourselves. But the workplace is not the place for that no matter how aggravating it can be. Here are some of the most common passive aggressive phrases we’ve all encountered while on the jobs and things you can say instead.
- “Per my previous email…” Rather than getting frustrated, organizational psychologist Laura Gallaher recommends “approach the other person with grace and simply provide them with the helpful information.”
- “CC’ing my boss for visibility.” Instead, request to be prioritized or ask the person’s bandwidth or timeline they think they can get back to you.
- “A lot of us think…” Don’t speak on behalf of everyone, they can all speak for themselves.
- “Obviously” or “Clearly..” Try “Hey, you might not be aware,” or “Hey, not sure if you knew this” instead.
- “No offense, but…” This is just straight up condescending. Instead, be direct and say “I’d love for us to build trust so we can have really open dialogue with each other. What do you think?”