Correcting a Corrector: Tactfully telling someone to stop correcting others

Q: How do you explain to a co-worker how rude it is to correct another person’s faux pas in a meeting without being just as rude?

A: If you are the person the co-worker is correcting, you could tell the person in private and tactfully that you would appreciate him or her not correcting your mistake in front of others. Otherwise, it is just as inappropriate to correct the co-worker’s lapse in etiquette.

One Comment

  1. Jody

    If you’re good friends with the coworker and the public corrections are a habit, you could have a word with him privately. The other person may not realize what he’s doing and how it’s coming across. Otherwise I’d say grit your teeth and leave it alone.

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