How To Tell A Coworker To Stop Talking

If you are wondering how to tell a coworker to stop talking, you are likely worried about how to maintain professionalism and avoid confrontation. Luckily, it is possible to remain popular at work and assert your need for silence and space in your workspace. Keep in mind that you deserve to create for yourself the kind of work environment that is most conducive to peace and productivity. It's too easy to become accommodating, but then you suffer, while your coworkers rise. Instead, keep it on an even level by respecting yourself and your peers, being sure to stand up for yourself when needed.

  1. To get a coworker to stop talking, start with a subtle approach. If someone is always approaching you throughout the workday, you'll likely be eager to put a stop to it. Even if you enjoy it, you never know whose eyes are on you, and it will make you look unprofessional and as though you are slacking off if you are a chatterbox all day. When a coworker approaches you to chat, don't look up immediately. As there is anticipation, you can then look up and say something like, "It's great to see you. I'm really bogged down with work right now, but is there something I can help you with before I dig more deeply in to this work?".  This takes the "bad guy" burden off yours shoulders. After all, you can't be blamed for having to get caught up on your work. It also gives a message to the person that he should be more careful before just invading the personal workspace of a coworker. By asking the question, you are avoiding seeming cold. It will also make sure that you don't blow off someone with a legitimate concern for approaching you, yet, you are setting clear boundaries that your time needs to be respected.
  2. If subtlety doesn't work, this will help you to get a persistently talking coworker to stop talking . If you have no success after you have taken the first step in getting the person to stop talking, be more direct. You can directly state, "I don't have time to speak with you right now. Maybe we can catch up at lunch time." If you don't want someone bothering you at lunch, instead state, "I enjoy speaking with you, but I don't have time right now. I'll let you know when work slows down for me." 

  3. How to get loud people at work to stop talking. Perhaps your problem is other people talking nearby. When it comes to a cubicle workspace environment, space can be tight and voices can carry easily. Although there should be a manager  helping to keep chatting under control, that isn't always the case. If there are some people around you who are consistently talking, say something like, "I am sorry, but  I need quiet to get the work I have to do completely correctly. I can't risk doing bad work, so I just need time to think and work now, without talking."



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