How do I get my coworker to stop barging in on my and everyone else's conversations?
October 25, 2011 8:52 AM Subscribe
A coworker keeps intruding on everyone's conversations. How do I get them to stop?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
At work, the teams sit together. One person on my team has this almost compulsive need to intrude on everyone's conversations. For example, if I turn around to talk to a colleague about something, this person will intrude and try to offer their help. The problem is that their help isn't necessary; we're plenty capable of dealing with things - yet they still want to interject with their thoughts. And it's usually ends up focusing the conversation on that person, rather than the actual issue at hand.
And it's not really a desire to want to help out. If people are laughing or talking elsewhere in the office, they'll get up and go over to try to get in on the joke. It's happened repeatedly and it's really getting to a breaking point. I've tried being relatively short and curt when talking to them, but I don't really think they get the point.
This sort of thing happens multiple times a day, so it's really becoming a problem. How do I tell this person to back off without hurting their feelings and keeping our team working well? I interact with this person on a daily basis so I can't just tell them to piss off, and our company is small enough that I can't just ignore them. Perhaps the answer is just to grin and bear it, but I wanted to at least bring it up here to see if people have ideas.