Workplace Communication- What About Sarcasm?

Sarcasm: it is a habitual behavior pattern that weakens teamwork. If you tend to make sarcastic comments in the name of enjoyable, then this post is for you. Now ask your self: why do you do it?

Is that funny crack a way to make folks laugh?

Then notice that you may possibly want lots of attention at the expense of other people.

Is creating the wittiest comment a way to earn points?

Notice that gaining the upper hand indicates generating somebody else feels put down.

Is that pointed remark an underhanded way to disguise a significant observation?

Then understand that your intended target might not get it and, if they do, they may not be too motivated to do anything about it.

The sad truth is that sarcasm reveals much more about you then the individuals you target. (Read that line once more, please.)

Families, peer groups, and work teams frequently create sarcastic banter as a way of relating to 1 an additional. Occasionally 1 or two individuals take the brunt of these jokes. But here’s a news flash, sarcasm destroys relationships and reduces productivity over time. The repeated victims of sarcasm might suffer in silence rather than speak up and be attacked once more. As motivation and morale is eroded, the capability of the team to collaborate deteriorates.

So quit it.

Once that sarcastic comment forms in your brain, don\’t say it out loud. Instead of utilizing sarcasm to make folks laugh, cultivate humor that doesn’t want a victim. Once you have a concern, make a direct observation and ask for an open discussion.

And if you\’re the victim of sarcasm, here are a couple of suggestions to end it. Initial of all, once somebody levels a sarcastic comment at you, don\’t ignore it or pretend it didn’t occur. Look at them and pause. Then repeat what they said word for word. It may possibly sound like this, “Bob, I thought I just heard you say that even an idiot could have written that report.” And then wait. Bob will most likely protest that he was joking or that you don\’t have a sense of humor. That’s the usual way habitually sarcastic folks defend their use of sarcasm. Don\’t react. Instead say, “If you have a concern about the report, I’m pleased to talk with you about it.” Respond to each and every 1 of Bob’s sarcastic comments by repeating precisely what he said and leaving the comment hanging in the air for him to explain.

In no time at all, Bob will understand that you\’re not the passive victim he as soon as tormented and he’ll move on to somebody else. Once he does, be certain to teach them this method.

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