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You Got Me Effed Up…20 Professional Ways To Tell A Co-worker Off

We all have had that one co-worker that knows just what to do to get under our skin. The struggle between maintaining our professional composure and putting them in check requires a delicate balance and tactful communication. Using any of the below phrases when dealing with a less than pleasant colleague will help put them in check while maintaining professionalism.

1. Responding to someone’s email with their direct manager in the CC field.

2. “Let’s circle back later.” (The nicer way to say, “Eff off.”)

3. Declining a meeting request without replying.

4. “Well, you’ve provided us all with a great opportunity for education on this matter.” (AKA “You messed up.”)

5. “That’s an interesting perspective.”

6. “As per my previous email…”

7. “As I have specified previously…”

8. “Let me know how that works out.”

9. “Thank you for your input.”

10. “Let’s take this offline.” (AKA “You’re wasting everyone’s time.”)

11. Waiting until three minutes before a meeting to officially decline it.

12. A tepid “Regards.”

13. “I’ll take that into consideration.”

14. “Please remove me from any future communications.”

15. “Duly noted.”

16. “Thank you for your concern in the matter, but I can assure you it isn’t necessary.”

17. “Allow me to reference the SOP…

18. “I hope your day is as pleasant as you are!” (Specifically for unpleasant people.)

19. “Thanks.” Period.

20. Leaving out the “best wishes” in your sign-off.

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