PAMELA COURNOYER, COMMUNICATE WITH CLASS, is a Pioneer Member of ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION. Her COMMUNICATE WITH CLASS NEWLETTER offers excellent tips and insight for perfecting professional communication.

Pamela gave me permission to reprint her recent Newsletter article on “Where Does Sarcasm ‘Fit’ In Your Workplace?”

There are so many sweet opportunities to take a jab at others. It’s all in good fun, isn’t it? I hate to break it to you; if you lead as a supervisor, manager, department head or business owner – sarcasm does not belong anywhere you are. Aspiring to a leadership or management position? No sarcasm for you either.

‘Oh, Pamela, you just took the fun out of everything, why so adamant?’

Why do I suggest you leave cynicism at the door? Let’s start with Merriam-Webster’s definition of ‘sarcasm:’ ‘tearing of flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer.’ 1: a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain. 2: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual. These are sobering definitions.

When I am called into a workplace to improve relationships, one of the trouble indicators I look for is the use of sarcasm by management and supervisors. Sarcasm is never uplifting, it is never encouraging and it is always at someone’s expense. Those who use sarcasm towards their children have no idea of the depth of wounding they may inflict. Sarcasm towards yourself doesn’t say much about how you feel about you, either.

The idea is to find a way to laugh and have fun, not at anyone else’s expense. Natural humor is all around us. If you consider yourself as a leader, then I’m sure you will find a healthy way to replace sarcasm in your workplace.

CLASS E-Tip: Sticks & stones may break your bones – sarcastic words and their tone will bleed you out. A positive word is like an elixir, healthy, constructive and empowering!

May you always Communicate with CLASS,

Pamela Cournoyer, Communicate with CLASS