Passive Aggressive Behaviors to Avoid at Work

Passive Aggressive Behaviors to Avoid at Work
Rigzone highlights common workplace behaviors that are considered to be passive aggressive.

Passive aggressive behavior can be loosely defined as non-verbal indirect behavior that is hostile or negative. And unfortunately, passive aggressive behaviors are quite common in the workplace.

If you work in a high-stress environment or are in a high-stress position – a senior level executive, for example, work can be crazy enough without having to deal with passive aggressive coworkers. It can affect your work productivity, your relationships with coworkers and overall morale.   

Dealing with passive aggressive coworkers can prove difficult enough, but here’s the plot twist: what if you’re the employee who’s exhibiting the passive aggressive behavior? Would you know how to deal with yourself?

Being able to identify passive aggressive behaviors, exhibited by others or yourself, is the first step. At times, you may think what you’re doing or saying is harmless, but in fact, comes across as passive aggressive.

Check out this video as we highlight three passive aggressive behaviors to avoid at work!


Valerie is an experienced writer and editor dedicated to providing useful and relevant career news about the oil and gas industry. Email Valerie at


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MaryKnight | Oct. 13, 2016
I thought this was an exceptional presentation and right on target. Good job! :)

Jeff | Oct. 9, 2016
DO hold your colleagues accountable to their responsibilities DO provide direct honest feedback for safety and efficiency DO intelligent and thoughtful actions that advance the team not just the individual. Being overly sensitive to ones own feeling while ignoring how actions may harm or help the mission helps nobody except the selfish complainer. Please do not insult my intelligence or waste my time unless your ass is out there on the line with me. Thank you.


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