Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Taking the High Road

There's at least one in every office. The person who drives you crazy. The person who can make you lose your cool by doing or saying something so irritating, so unnecessary, so off-putting, so - well, you get the idea. Sometimes these people are blissfully unaware how much they get under people's skin. Sometimes these people have figured out they can push your buttons and enjoy nothing more than continuing to do just that.

While it is oh-so-tempting to tell these people off, to let them know that their statements or actions are inappropriate, unprofessional, etc., don't. I know they deserve to be told what their problems are and no one would deny that they have it coming. But don't do it.

The problem with blasting these annoying zipperheads is that the only person who will look bad is you. While everyone else would love to join you in verbally smacking them, doing so would be unprofessional. There is never a defense for behaving unprofessionally and your wrong will definitely not make a right.

So, take a deep breath, roll your eyes as you walk back to your desk, change the topic of conversation if you can't get away, and try not to let it bother you today.

No one ever regretted taking the high road.

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