Words by Samantha McMeekin.
That nasty co-worker we’ve all had. There’s always one.
The condescending tone when they address you in meetings, the passive-aggressive emails, their quickness to take credit for other’s work and loudly toot their own horn but never congratulate anyone else on their achievements. you know the one!
So how do you deal with their petty behaviour? Here are some of our favourite schoolyard and childish tactics. (Sorry to all the grown-ups out there.)
1. The poo-shamer.
This one works a treat if your bathrooms are in full view of the office. Time it so that you’re entering just as they’re leaving. Start with a big ‘PHWOAR’, screw up your nose and make hand gestures that suggest someone has done a big dirty deuce.
2. The ‘gotcha’ email.
The next time they’re demanding something earlier than first requested or trying to dob you in for something they stuffed up, find the original email with the agreed-upon terms or discussion, and copy and paste it into your response.