Bully in the Office? Not so Fast – it May be Abrasive Behavior
Tell me if this sounds familiar….
Have you ever worked with someone who always seems to be “prickly”? Perhaps someone that technically plays by the rules, but while doing so is irritating to you and others and unnecessarily rude or “snippy”? Someone who has never directly threatened you, but always makes you feel awful?
Before you jump to conclusions, recognize this: not all workplace conflict and grating behavior is bullying. As irritating as it is, what you may be dealing with is a classic example of “Abrasive Behavior.”
What separates Abrasive Behavior from classic bullying? Read more in depth about the surprising facets of abrasive behavior in my detailed analysis of this often misunderstood office conduct.
I’m Kathleen Bartle, a strategic consultant on workplace conflict to executives worldwide for more than 20 years. My work brings individualized solutions to your teams’ lost productivity, loss of key personnel, low morale, and the high costs resulting from bullying, abrasive behaviors and interpersonal workplace conflicts. You can contact me here.