I am naturally a rather snarky person. (“Nooooo,” you say. “We’re shocked, shocked! to find this out.”)
I am really working on this. It is, however, a measure of how comfortable I feel with a person or situation — or how hopeless I assess it or them to be.
As I have been feeling more comfortable at work (and as the time draws near for the Job to end, *sob*) my snark level has increased. This is not necessarily a good thing.
Because, really, people do not like being the target of snarky or sarcastic comments. Or most people, anyway. Tuesday, my annoyance at a particular coworker boiled over, and I said something I immediately regretted. He took it as a sign of affection. Definitely a mixed blessing.
I also was snarky to my supervisor (or one of my supervisors) on Wednesday. I later apologized, saying “I wish I could say this was out of character, but I’d be lying.” The supervisor in question seemed amused rather than offended (at least as far as I could tell), but I as I get further along, I can see that I am testing my luck.
And again, I like my coworkers. I do not want to be cruel or sarcastic, but things just … slip out.
I’m working on this.* I’ll let you know how I do.
*along with that swearing thing. In fact, now that I think of it, the less I can swear in a situation, the more I am likely to be sarcastic and somewhat nasty.