5 ways to say ‘no’ to your work colleagues

It’s perfectly fine to decline offers to socialise after work when you simple aren’t in the mood. (Rawpixel.com pic)

Have you ever been pressured by your colleagues to do something you’re not interested in? It can be difficult to decline the offer to join them, especially when they’re trying their best to convince you otherwise.

Keep in mind that it’s fine to decline your colleagues’ offers when you simple aren’t interested. With that said, here are some tips on how you can manage peer pressure in the workplace.

1. Pretend to be sick

The simplest way to get your colleagues off your back is to pull the “sick card”. It’s certainly not a bad idea when it comes to quickly putting an end to peer pressure.

Your colleagues wouldn’t want you to join when you aren’t feeling your best, so telling them you’re feeling under the weather will get you off the hook in no time.

2. Come up with other plans

Telling your colleagues you’ve already made plans with others is another good approach to get yourself out of being pressured into doing things you aren’t keen on.

Most people won’t try as hard to pressure you out of your commitments and priorities.

3. Stalling

Not a fan of confrontations and saying “no”? Then stalling might just be the trick. If your colleagues invite you to an outing after work, tell them you need time instead of making a decision immediately.

This approach gives them the impression that you might consider their offer so they won’t rush you to decide on the spot. Before leaving from work, you may decline their invitation, leaving them with no time to convince you to change your mind.

Say ‘no’ to an invitation and make a joke of it to take the edge off offending well-meaning colleagues. (Rawpixel.com pic)

4. Provide a witty answer

If your colleagues ask you to tag along, the best way to get out of their grasp is to explain why you can’t join them.

You can even provide a witty explanation of why you prefer not to join if you wish to make things less uptight.

For instance, if you don’t want to go out for drinks after work, you can turn down their offer by stating, “I’m taking the night off, giving the liver a break!” with a laugh.

5. no,No,NO!

If all else fails, just keep saying no until your colleagues stop pestering you. Don’t give in to peer pressure because there’s a reason why your mind is telling you to decline their invitation.

If your colleagues still can’t take the hint, give them a stern look when you say “no”. It may not even be worth joining them in the first place if they’re going to ridicule you for declining.

What’s a little tease if it means you get to spend time at home resting or doing something more productive?

This article first appeared in jobstore.com

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