This week at work my work crew was switched around. I was ended up working with another girl and unfortunately I made her really upset. What did I do? Well I suggested that she do the process a “better way”. I was light hearted and didn’t mean it to be insulting, but sometimes I don’t think that there is a right way to correct a person. After I mentioned the “better way” she was visibly upset and said “The way I have been doing it has been just fine.”
In communicating we need to be tactful, but sometimes I feel as if there is no ‘right way’ to say something.
I do think it is important that we work on saying things in the right way as to not insult people. It is an art, and to be good at it will make for a happy life. Sometimes it may even be best to not say anything at all, but where is that point then?
I am going to try to be better at making suggestions or offers to help that will come across as less demeaning. Also when others have to correct me, I need to make sure I do not get offended myself.