Every office will have one or all of the following: An unreasonably demanding boss, a backstabbing butt-kissing junior, a politically motivated ambitious colleague, a smug relative of the boss who can ruin your life, a stupid moron who somehow is your immediate superior (who, for some reason, is considered spectacular by the big boss), not to mention people who think you are a walkover because you just want to do your work and get back home. It doesn't mean you should stew silently in the fumes of a toxic situation. Buddha tells you how to handle tricky situations with dignity.
Once, when the Buddha was walking across a village, he encountered a very scared bunch of residents. Everyone was walking around in serious distress. Moved by his characteristic sympathetic nature, he asked what was wrong with them and whey were they all so scared? They said that there was a snake, very poisonous and deadly snake, that had been going around biting and killing anyone who had the misfortune of crossing its path, children included. The men couldn't go to work, the women couldn't go and fetch water and the kids couldn't play. They were worried that soon there will be no one left in the village. The Buddha looked upon them with kindness and said he would look into the matter as he knew how to talk to snakes.
He went to where the marauding snake was living and called out. Hearing him, the snake came out. The Enlightened One spoke gently to the vicious snake, saying there was no need to go around terrorizing the whole village and biting everyone. Having imparted the message of kindness, he left on his journey.
A while later the Buddha was crossing the same village on his way back. He saw
the villagers happy and walking about fearlessly. He was glad to see that the snake had listened to his advice and went to see how it was doing.
Hearing his footsteps, the snake came crawling out. But it was in severe pain, its body was bruised and battered, there were scratches and wounds all over. The Buddha was aghast. "What happened to you?" asked the Compassionate One.
'Well,' said the snake weakly, mustering all its strength, 'you said not to bite so once people knew there was nothing to fear from me, they started pelting me with stones and beating with sticks. I was just waiting for you to come so I could tell you. I don't know how long I can take this.'
'It is true that I told you not to bite,' said the Buddha as he took the battered snake in his healing hands,'but I didn't tell you not to hiss'.
So there are times you need to hiss. Just to let people know where you stand, and where they stand as well.