Im Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. To subscribe to this RSS feed, copy and paste this URL into your RSS reader. As for patronizing, what you praise ought to depend on the person you're praising. A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, reveals that being with a negative person increases your risk of having heart disease, diabetes, and metabolism issues. Even if you decide to take action about your coworker patronizing you, knowing that its not about you will keep your demeanor objective and unemotional. A condescending person wont acknowledge a new idea unless the new idea was created by them. And, hey "maybe he is sincere!" As many people have said: "be very generous with praise." (As long as you really mean it. And, quite po If you have a good idea or a creative solution, theyll hardly even pay attention. Think about what you want to project. This is a conversation that requires a lot of preparation. She recommends collecting your thoughts by asking yourself what behaviors youpersonally have observed. Stick to the facts Webb suggests laying out a description of the situation that is inarguable by stating factual observations. A more tactful way to go is to point out to your co-worker, Hey, you might not be aware, or Hey, not sure if you knew this, Howes said. So now, when you just have to respect the good job that someone did, you say this. by Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. What Is Human Resource Development (HRD)? This person probably acts this way with the majority of people they come into contact with. And oh yeah, thats your Sometimes, they also tend to make unnecessary noise so they can cover up their ignorance. The Workplace Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for members of the workforce navigating the professional setting. Realize that this condescending person in your life is just like the rest of us. Let me share why I think it would be difficult for me to do that.. Be objective. However, what you're describing is empty flattery, and it absolutely can come across as patronizing. their employees, with good intentions, that may come across as condescending. Protect yourself from absorbing their negative energy. Instead of getting their support, you could feel a sense of jealousy. They use condescension as a protective mechanism to draw attention away from their weaknesses and misfortunes. After the meeting, I did what I would do after any client meeting: spend 30 minutes debriefing with my colleague on what went well and what we could do differently next time. What were you trying to achieve in that moment? Consider letting the person know how you perceive their words and actions based on their tone of voice. These includes: Their superiority and sarcastic attitude make you feel bad about not knowing or having something. When someone tells you to calm down or chill out when youre upset, it negates the validity of these feelings. "nice work" or "keep it up". 1 If you're in a protected group, see if other coworkers with protected characteristics have had the same experience with your manager. State factual observations of your employees actions. Given how hesitant most employees are about giving feedback, they may never Two phrases: "X is good for you." Its important to be direct when talking about your employees development and growth. You give your colleagues a wave and a brief smile as you breeze past that crowded conference room and out the office door. They keep bragging about how smart and intelligent they are. There is such a thing as "too much" and there is also such a thing as "the wrong time". I did take her to more meetings, but it was a few months before I put her in front of clients again.. Here are toxic behaviors and traits of patronizing people to help you recognize if someone youre dealing with is condescending or not. Brilliant/Bril! She also planned to tell Peter that because she was invested in both his personal growth and his development at the company, she wanted to help him correct his behavior. For instance, someone at a meeting says, Hey, I actually thought its a good idea.. Several clients looked at Shannon with disbelief. (-: A similar condensing bit of praise is something like Hey, let me introduce you to Leslie shes with you. That matters to me because Im trying to create an atmosphere of inclusion, where everyone feels heard, because I know that improves the work we do as a team. Be careful not to insinuate that this is malicious, or even intentional, behavior. Earn badges to share on LinkedIn and your resume. They feel that nobody is more qualified than them to speak on any topic. 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