How to Shut Down an Overly Chatty Co-worker

I’m all for chatting with your colleagues. It builds rapport, which in turn builds your relationship and can make you a better collaborator (and more comfortable asking for professional advice). It can make your office a warmer, friendlier place to work, and it might even save your job. Those who can “make conversation with a wall” often excel in networking situations and connecting with intimidating clients.

But to be honest, they can also annoy the heck out of their co-workers.

So, what are you to do when you have a colleague who just loves to dive right into a daily gabfest rather than inquiring if it’s a good time? (Spoiler alert: It’s not.)

Read on for three things you can say to an overly chatty co-worker who just can’t seem to catch a hint.