According to a Harris Interactive survey on workplace etiquette,
44% of employed Americans say their biggest pet peeve at work is having to listen to someone speak in a condescending tone of voice. Additionally,
37% cited public reprimands as a major pet peeve.
34% mentioned being micromanaged as another big one.
32% said that loud talkers annoy them hugely.
So if you want to wake up in an emergency room, just use a condescending tone and a loud voice when publicly reprimanding someone you’ve micromanaged.
Or, you might want to do the exact opposite: Use an upbeat tone at a normal volume when openly praising an empowered employee for making a good decision.
Sometimes we just need to be reminded of the basics, right?