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Top 5 Passive Aggressive Uses of Office Communication

Passive aggressive behavior is, I think, one of the most annoying human traits. It's not like you see monkeys or elephants skulking around, rolling their eyes or throwing backhanded compliments at each other. No, that type of thing is reserved for us evolved animals, giving us the ability to fight without really fighting, or slowly wear someone down through teeny, tiny barbs.

And it's not solely reserved for interpersonal relationships. Passive aggression is abundant in work situations as well, albeit a little less obvious. You just need to know how to spot it.

Light Reading is here to help. Click on the image below to see the Top 5 Most Passive Aggressive Uses of Office Communication, and then let us know about other examples that have slimed their way into your cubicle recently.

Make Them Stay on Hold Forever
Asking a colleague to join you at 2:00 p.m exactly for a vague ReadyTalk conference, then forcing them to listen to the 
'calming hold music' -- that, incidentally, only increases their anxiety -- while you go grab at cup of coffee at 2:01 p.m.
Asking a colleague to join you at 2:00 p.m exactly for a vague ReadyTalk conference, then forcing them to listen to the "calming hold music" -- that, incidentally, only increases their anxiety -- while you go grab at cup of coffee at 2:01 p.m.

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DOShea 11/24/2013 | 10:42:37 AM
The guy in the photo Is that how people dress for the office now? Sort of hipster "Glengarry Glen Ross"? Honest question from a long-time telecommuter.
Sarah Thomas 11/22/2013 | 11:52:40 AM
Re: Kitchen wars haha those are good ones. My neighbor's WiF is "the f&*k you network." I'm not sure which neighbor it is though...
R Clark 11/21/2013 | 8:54:43 PM
Re: Kitchen wars
Popbitch's top passive-aggressive home Wi-Fi names:
Third: "I Can Hear You Having Sex" Second: "You're Loud Music Offends Me" Winner: "Grange Hotel Are [xxxx]s"
sam masud 11/21/2013 | 4:34:53 PM
Re: Kitchen wars Indeed, that falls under the gentle hint, reasonable request category....But it gets my goat when someone leaves the printer and does not feed it paper knowing it's out of paper....also having to passive-aggresively shout for some printer geek to come help when paper gets stuck in the printer and that darn thing is just blinking at you.
[email protected] 11/21/2013 | 3:40:55 PM
Re: Fax wars Woah... you are definitely feeling better, Danny boy!
DanJones 11/21/2013 | 1:10:47 PM
Re: Fax wars There is great joy to be had in setting up a fax machine to repeat dial a cellphone every 30 minutes or so. Ask me how I know.
Carol Wilson 11/21/2013 | 12:59:50 PM
Re: Kitchen wars Impressive choice -- no real harm or physical damage done while inflicting a high degree of aggrevation. 

 
brookseven 11/21/2013 | 12:56:00 PM
Re: Kitchen wars I had a boss who was just not a nice guy.  So, we used to forward his phone to the receptionist who would never be able to get him calls.

And as a prank we did it with all the phones in the office over a weekend (about 50 phones).  :)

seven

 
Carol Wilson 11/21/2013 | 12:48:28 PM
Re: Kitchen wars Having just spent almost an hour locating a friend's dog, who ran off from the substitute dog walker, I was longing for a Mrs. Kravitz somewhere in that neighborhood but alas, none to be found. 

But sorry, I've veered way off topic. 

Seven, the circular phone-forwarding sounds perfectly diabolical revenge. What was the crime?
TeleWRTRLiz 11/21/2013 | 12:37:00 PM
Re: Kitchen wars Since I work from home, I focus on being passive/agressive with the folks to walk their dogs by my house--and then don't clean up after their dog. Hi! How are you! What's new? Looks like you forgot a baggie! Here you go. Not that I'm Mrs. Kravitz or anything....
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