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Avoid These Five Phrases That Make You Sound Passive Aggressive

Here’s how successful people communicate

Today, we live in a world where business, degrees and even entire relationships are conducted behind a screen. As a result, employee frustration and miscommunication is at an all-time high, with tone alone being misinterpreted almost half of the time in email, leading to endless wasted hours and heightened anxiety.

For better or worse, digital communication, whether it's through email or direct messages on platforms like Slack, don't let us see each other's immediate reactions — which is why we look for ways to "politely express" irritation. The key word is "politely," but it isn't always interpreted that way.

So, let's take a look at the five most common phrases employees use that actually make them passive aggressive and petty.

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