Re: Coworker who won't take no for an answer

Subject: Re: Coworker who won't take no for an answer
From: john -at- garisons -dot- com
To: "Blount, Patricia A" <Patricia -dot- Blount -at- ca -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:26:56 -0400 (EDT)

All the responses to your problem are viable, but IMHO, they seem a little
harsh. Someone said that the guy may just be a little dense, and I think
that's probably the case (based on my experience as a guy).

I don't think escalating this to HR or his manager or yours is called for
... yet.

Perhaps the LWL (little white lie) is called for: Tell him that you talked
it over with your sons and your Serious Love Interest, and they you've
decided as a family that there's just not room in your busy lives for yet
another time commitment. Perhaps that will get him to realize that the
object of his affection is not available or interested.

If that doesn't work, then perhaps escalation is called for. I have seen
situations where, once HR was brought it, it had devastating consequences
in situations that deserved a more tactful approach. And that could have
an effect on a project if he gets fired.

My 2¢,

John G


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