We spend a lot of waking time at work. And so, it is understandable if some people cannot control their conversations at work. They might discuss their NSFW weekend antics, or shower praise on their pets, when you are more bothered about the upcoming deadline. These people often pull you into such conversations.
What Do You Do Then?
Whether it is politics or religion, it can get uncomfortable to talk about these at work. Also, if the conversation takes a turn towards personal opinions or private life. So, when you find yourself in the midst of there, here is what you can do to save yourself.
Defer The Conversation
If you find yourself accosted by some chatterbox at your own desk, you can request them that you would talk about it after work. If they understand that you are busy, you could save yourself the embarrassment of a confrontation. There is no point in avoiding an uncomfortable conversation if it will only lead to an uncomfortable situation.
Use The Small Talk
Even the office is a social space, and you cannot avoid all conversation. So, when you feel the topic is veering towards an uncomfortable topic, you can use the small talk to actually change the subject. So, when they say something, you can reply with, “That’s fine, but did you hear about this?” This is a very polite way to avoid NSFW conversations, without spoiling the rapport with your colleagues.
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Being Honest Helps
If the concerned person has made it a tendency to always broach the uncomfortable, you might have to be very direct and inform that you are not fine with such conversations at work. Tripti Israni, Founder & Director at SkillEdge, says, “You can clearly tell the person that you are not up to the conversation. Don’t let it stretch too much, and try to dissolve the situation at the earliest. We should givthe e benefit of doubt for different opinions but never on the stake of dignity and personal space. Take charge athe t right time before it’s too late.”
These approached will help you shut down NSFW conversations at work.