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5 ways to respond to the cold shoulder

There are times when people communicate or act in a way that is dismissive, negative or lacks warmth. When this happens at the first meeting it can be awkward. But when it happens with people we know and have a ongoing relationship with like coworkers and peers, this can be difficult and creates problems. Here are 5 questions you can use to try and resolve the problem.
You could trying asking:

  1. Is there anything I have done to upset you?
  2. Have I done anything to offend you?
  3. I was wondering if you wanted to discuss any issues with me?
  4. Did something happen that I do not know about?
  5. Have I said or done something that you think was inappropriate?

Other variations of words you could use in these sentences are: disagree, unhappy, opposed to, hurt, annoy, angry, irritate, feel, and problem.

When someone gives you the cold shoulder they are being passive by not directly telling you what the problem is. So you need to try and work out what is going on and the only way to do that is to ask questions to get information. Only then are you able to address the issue.
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