To be petty or not to be petty, that is the question. There are several advantages and disadvantages of being petty.
Sometimes being petty is good in some situations, but it should be just enough pettiness to let the person know how you feel. For example, if someone drank your juice from the office fridge, and you’ve identified them, you throw their cake in the trash.
That’s just common courtesy.
However, when the pettiness goes a little overboard, that’s when the case gets messy. After a certain age, I think the petty crown can retire in a box in the attic.
I’ve been in the corporate world for a little over two years, and I’m still amazed at the level of pettiness I’ve seen from some of the experienced employees. It did have me questioning whether or not they grew out of their teenage stage.
From jealousy, a high level of office politics, envy, gossip, innuendo, to just plain meanness among some of the staff.
I thought at this stage; we’d put on our big boys and girls underwear and share our displeasure calmly and rationally. Even three-year-olds have grasped the concept of ‘feelings hour’.
Instead, we have adults plotting and scheming their professional warfare.
Just last week, a coworker hid a few of the company files. The personnel in charge of maintaining cabinet left for lunch and closed the cabinet; which is the standard company protocol and the mentioned coworker, apparently so torn up about the situation, that when she gained access to the files, hid them files and reported it to make the personnel appear irresponsible.
WHEN TO STOP BEING PETTY
Personally, I think it’s better to be open and vocal, even when its categorized as being ’emotional’. Instead of letting personal feelings override professionalism and reduce productivity.
Plus it reduces the workplace chances of becoming toxic. If you haven’t read my post on that, catch up here.
Have you dealt with pettiness in a professional work environment? Let me know in the comment section or tweet me your experiences.