My partner told me there’s this guy at work who is suggesting some sort of game which involves predictions they do at work based on data analysis. So basically you place your ‘bet’ on a prediction and whoever loses buys the team a round of drinks. He sees it as gambling so told the guy he will participate for glory not for drinks. The guy ignored this and maybe thought he was joking as he emailed him back with the suggested rules. My prtner said he’ll ask his sponsor for suggestions on how to refuse without making it awkward. He doesnt want to make this colleague feel rejected as he’s obviously just making an effort to organise something that could be fun at work. But he said he’d rather not join anything that will involve betting and a prize as this is considered gambling. I actually didn’t know what to say. I suggested to say he won’t join for personal reasons but we agreed that might sound awkward. He was thinking of saying out of principle he doesn’t want to participate in anything that involves gambling.
I would lie. I would say I got into an argument with a friend once over a thing like this and I therefore only partly participate as I never want it to happen again.
That would work. If questioned I would that I don't want to talk about it. People normally respect that kind of stuff and move on.
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