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Between crazy bosses and creepy coworkers, it's a wonder you get any work done at all. Here's a little help.
You Will Need
- An annoying office suitor
- And a steely resolve to get rid of him
Don't flirt back
Make sure you're not sending mixed signals. If you originally thought you were just being friendly and now realize he might have gotten the wrong idea, change your behavior around him immediately.
Refuse to play along. If Smitten leers at you and says, "Is it hot in here, or is it you?" say you'll ask maintenance to check the air-conditioning unit.
Don't play along
Meet any attempts at humor with a stony stare. When he persists, look puzzled and say to your coworkers, "Is he trying his flirting techniques on everybody or just me?"
Use body language
Use your body language to tell Smitten that his advances are unwelcome.
He's not your type
Go out of your way to let him know exactly what your type is—and how he doesn't fit it.
Talk to his friend
Innocently confirm with his best friend in the office that he doesn't like you. Say you hope you're imagining it, but you worry that he might be flirting with you—and of course that would be inappropriate and unwanted.
If he still can't get the hint, tell him kindly but firmly that his behavior makes you uncomfortable and you need him to treat you with more respect.
File a complaint
If Smitten persists, it's time to file a complaint and let human resources or his supervisor deal with him.