It really bothers me, partly because it becomes one of those plausibly deniable gestures of irritation that are by their very nature asking not to be addressed.Example: when texting to request a day off for a doctor’s appointment, but explaining that if I’m needed I can be flexible because it’s not super urgent, I get an “ok”.With the example of your request to your boss for a day off, “ok” means exactly what it says — it means yes.And what’s more, you noted that you sent that request by — when you’re texting rather than emailing, you should expect extremely short responses. (Although even if this exchange had been by email, her response wouldn’t have been inappropriate.) I’m just guessing here, but I’d bet that you have other issues with your boss that go well beyond this, and this is just a symptom of larger irritations or concerns. it sounds like the “ok” emails are the least of the issues here.This includes HR like meetings when anyone has offended her, bcc:ing me on heated emails with my mom, and just general clear workplace language and management tactics applied to personal relationships that feel alienating and condescending.
That’s not my purview, but what I can tell you is to avoid conflating the two — it will make you more annoyed about your sister and more annoyed about work, when they’re truly separate things.
In a professional setting, is it ever really okay to reply to an email or work related text with “ok”.
I’m very new to the workforce so I don’t know if this single word, no punctuation beast is normal business or super obvious passive aggressive self important flippant jerky (and a bunch of other adjectives) behavior.
Well, your workplace and your sister are two different issues. I’m not a fan of it myself, but enough people do it and don’t see anything wrong with it that you shouldn’t be reading it as passive-aggressive, self-important, or rude.
Of course, there are some contexts where it really wouldn’t be appropriate.