Working with people who drive you nuts can make your job miserable. Sometimes their behavior gets to the point where walking straight out the door and never coming back becomes a more tempting option by the day. Here are a few ways to deal with the negativity in a more positive way.
Pass on the passive-aggressiveness.
It can be almost impossible to work out differences with someone who won’t tell you when something is wrong. Some people simply aren’t comfortable with confrontation. If you find mildly nasty notes lying around or find yourself being “unintentionally” skipped, it might be time to take things into your own hands. Sit Mr. or Ms. P.A. down and ask them if you’ve done something to upset them, or what you can do to fix it.
Or start your own not-so-passive aggressive barrage. Stick her notes back on her computer monitor, or hand them straight to her with a smile and say “I think you dropped this.” The most frustrating aspect of someone who is passive aggressive is that they know they’re doing it and that it’s wildly immature. And you know they know. And they know that you know that they know you know.