Less Offense, More Rewards!
By Mariah Walton
If you’ve never read an article on etiquette for the modern professional, this, I would say, is a great place to start! Because if you’re anything like me, sometimes your emotions and how you “feel” about a topic can spiral into a whirlwind of resentment, anger, bitterness, and certainly, offense. (As a matter of fact, as I write this article I am repeating, “I am not easily offended” while I wait for a return message from someone who typically responds promptly…so what is the problem today, I wonder? What are they doing? Did I say something? Do something? What’s going on!)
Now, I know that I am not the only one to ever experience those thoughts (Ha-ha); but there are tactics that I have found work wonders toward maintaining our collective personal peace, sanity, and contentment through these instances, so let’s dive right in.
I have found that the most heightened times of offense occur in the workplace. People can be envious, coveting and untruthful. Some may call them haters, but I like to call them “confused admirers.” This person may even be your own boss. The wise tactic is knowing how to respond properly to get the result you want…which is, ultimately, tobecome difficult to offend. Why? Because the more difficult you are to offend, the happier you are in the workplace, the stronger you are in relationships, and the more productive you are as a leader.
Let’s look at some ways to respond gracefully and with class.
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