Q: A coworker looks especially under the weather one day. Trying to be nice you ask if she’s getting sick. Her answer: “I’m fine. Why do you ask?” How do you save face in this situation?
A: It’s best to move on quickly: “There’s so much flu going around, I’m afraid that one of us is sure to come down with it-and you just didn’t seem as peppy as usual. I’m glad you’re OK.” Next time, if you think a colleague might be ill, ask “How are you?” She can tell you if she’s feeling poorly, and you won’t risk insulting her.