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a petty person

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Everybody has some petty coworkers. They’re infuriating. They get under your skin. They operate in a way nobody else does—living by their own rules. Those rules are in the pursuit of one goal and one goal only: look better by making others look bad. Petty coworkers know, deep down, that they have no positive attributes. They know they have a limited skillset to offer. They can’t possibly make themselves look good by simply doing good, so their only other line of defense to possibly shine—in some little way—is to make others look bad. They’re mean and nasty, but they’re the worst kind of mean and nasty, because they’re never direct about it. They don’t say what they mean. They’re all about the backstabbing, the side deals, and childish workplace behavior. Look, everyone around the world has coworkers like this and those who remain sane probably do so by using these tips.


Never engage in their gossip

Petty coworkers love to gossip. They want to pull you into conversations to talk badly about others in the office. Gossip is one of their most powerful tools for making themselves look good. They spread negative rumors about others, so the focus is on that, rather than their incompetence.

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