How do you react to rudeness? Do you respond by being rude back? Do you call the person out about their rude behavior? Or do you simply ignore the person?
–Arlene, Philadelphia, PA
- Respond with rudeness: What do you do when someone is rude to you? Fight fire with fire? Tweet with an even more offensive retort? No, social media tweets are not an artform, but simply a way to let off steam. Don’t bother with sarcasm or aggression as it won’t help you professionally. If the person is habitually rude, at another time when you’ve simmered down, talk to him/her about texting during meetings, or being perpetually late for dates.
- Call him/her out on their rudeness: If you confront the person about their rudeness, do it humorously or politely. Use tact. “How are doing?” “What’s up with you?” It goes without saying that you wouldn’t confront the person in front of colleagues or socially.
- Ignore the rudeness: Especially if it is a single incident, thoughtlessness, or sheer ignorance, such as picking their nose. Exception would be if it was an ongoing problem that needed to be addressed. In that case the issue will only fester and get progressively worse if ignored. So, it would be better to have a polite conversation.
As the saying goes, “Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength.”
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