Dear Manners@Work, A colleague in my team has had a bereavement in his family—his Mum passed away. I am not that close to him, but we do sit near each other and we usually say good morning and goodbye and have a social chat each day. I’m not sure what I should say to him? I don’t want to upset him at work by reminding him about it.
We’ve all encountered rudeness in the workplace. Sometimes it’s subtle, sometimes it’s loud and obnoxious. However I’ve found most of the advice for dealing with rude people at work is one-note or focused on bullying and intimidation. What about those situations that don’t cross the line into bullying, but make your work life less enjoyable and your workplace less pleasant?