- I don’t care can come off as dismissive.
- Instead, you could try more polite alternatives like I don’t mind.
Avoid “I Don’t Care” in Professional Settings
Imagine this: You're telling your friend Lulu about how your travel plans got interrupted due to a delayed flight. You ask her if you could stay at her place, and she replies, “Sure, I don’t care.”
Lulu most likely intended to mean that it doesn’t bother her if you stay at her place. However, you may have perceived it as if she literally does not care whether or not you have a place to stay.
I don’t care can come off as dismissive or even rude. That’s why sometimes it’s a good idea to avoid using that expression in a professional setting. Below, we’ll give you five polite and professional alternatives to I don’t care.
Other Ways of Saying “I Don’t Care”
1. I don’t mind.
I don’t care and I don’t mind are synonymous. However, I don’t care can come off as discourteous. So, if your boss asks you if they can share an idea with you, don’t say “Sure, I don’t care,” but instead say “Sure, I don’t mind.”
2. That doesn’t bother me.
That doesn’t bother me is a close cousin of I don’t mind and can be used the same way.
Do you mind if I leave early today and continue helping with the project tomorrow?
Of course, that doesn’t bother me.
3. That’s not a priority for me right now.
Depending on the situation, that’s not a priority for me right now might not be something you want to say to your boss. However, if a colleague wants to know if you can pick up some extra work to help her, instead of saying “I don’t care about that right now,” you can say “That’s not a priority for me right now.”
4. That doesn’t concern me.
Imagine your colleague is trying to share “workplace gossip” with you. Instead of saying I don’t care (even if you truly don’t care), try saying, “That doesn’t concern me.”
Did you hear about Charles? I heard he’s getting demoted.
That doesn’t concern me.
5. I would rather not get involved.
This alternative to I don’t care works because it is straightforward: You would rather not get involved.
Can you help me decide what to spend the excess budget on?
I would rather not get involved.
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Warning: Context Matters
Remember, it’s all about context. The options listed above may work for certain scenarios, but not for others. Additionally, sometimes I don’t care is the expression that best suits how you’re feeling. In that case, go ahead and use it. But because it can come off as impolite and dismissive, you may want to become familiar with the alternatives listed above.