It can be a huge annoyance when coworkers start to give you unsolicited advice. You want to get rid of that behavior but you don’t know how. Here are some ways that you can try to stop the insufferable tips from your coworkers-tell them that they’re not helpful, tell them that you’re not interested, or ignore the person!
Tips that coworkers might give you:
• You need to get a better chair.
• Next time, do it this way instead.
• You’re going to have a lot of work tonight.
Examples of tips from coworkers:
-Start tomorrow night, it will be a lot less stressful.
-Get a different chair.
-Talk to your boss about getting more time off work.
Examples of unsolicited advice from coworkers:
-Next time you need to do this instead.
-It’s because you don’t work hard enough and need to push yourself.
Unsolicited advice is a common issue that can cause stress for employees. Employees might not want to receive these kinds of tips from co-workers and this can lead to social isolation within the workplace. Also, some companies have rules against giving unsolicited feedback because it could be seen as an invasion of privacy or authority.
In contrast, tips are something that employees appreciate because it is given with the intention to benefit the employee. Most people want to improve on their work so they will not be disadvantaged, so receiving feedback can help them learn and become better workers.
As seen in the examples above, there are pros and cons for each type of tip. Unsolicited advice may cause stress for employees, but it can also lead to learning and becoming a better worker. On the other hand, tips from coworkers are usually appreciated but may not always be beneficial.
Ways to get rid of the tips from your co-workers
When co-workers offer unsolicited advice or tips it can be hard not to feel frustrated and stressed. Here are some ways to get rid of the tips:
1) Practice patience and understanding. Remember that this might not be the intention of your co-worker.
2) Tell people “thank you”, but you’re going to listen to your own advice.
3) Respond by saying “interesting idea, I’ll try that.”
4) Avoid them as much as possible.
5) Tell them that if they have any helpful ideas, you’d be glad to hear them.
6) Write down all the tips and work on prioritizing them.
7) Ignore it for now and focus on your current work. You can consider their advice or tell them when you finish what you are working on for now.
8) If you feel comfortable, tell them that while it’s not what you want to hear, it is helpful advice.
9) Continue to do your job the best way you can without changing anything for now.
10) Just say “no” because if they are offering tips, the tips are usually unsolicited and unnecessary.
How to deal with other people’s advice in general
It can be difficult to know how to deal with other people’s unsolicited advice and tips. Here are some ways to get rid of the tips:
First, take a minute and check in with yourself — is this something you want to hear? If you don’t want to hear it, kindly tell them that. If you do want to hear it, then remember that there are other people out there who might not feel as receptive as you do.
You can also practice patience instead of annoyance by counting to 10 before speaking. The key here is not to take anything personally and remember that no one has any bad intentions if they’re giving you advice.
If all else fails, find a way to avoid them!
I hope you found this article helpful! Remember, if all else fails and you can’t seem to get rid of the tips that your co-workers are giving you, just remember that they don’t have bad intentions when they’re giving them. The key is not taking anything personally and remembering that no one has any negative intentions when it comes to offering advice or tips. If for whatever reason, their input does bother you, there are several ways in which you can deal with unsolicited advice from coworkers: practice patience instead of annoyance by counting to 10 before speaking; tell people “thank you”, but say something like “I’ll take my own advice”; write down all the feedback.