BG - I work in HR and as a result, I often get calls and/or from staffing agencies. I probably receive 6 - 8 phone calls a week, plus as many emails. I don't begrudge anyone an opportunity to make a living in an honest occupation, but quite frankly these calls and emails get quite annoying at times. The fact is my company has very low turnover, and when we do hire we rarely use staffing agencies as we do a pretty good job of recruiting and hiring ourselves. I try to nicely explain that to the staffing agencies but they ignore that and just keep trying, again I know they are just doing their jobs and that is fine.
A couple of months ago, I agreed to meet with one rep because her father had a long-standing relationship with our company (I am not personally acquainted with him), and she was very persistent about wanting to meet with me. She seemed nice enough, and I'm sure her company is fine, but the fact is we just don't need them and I don't anticipate that changing anytime soon.
I received an email message from her a little while ago wanting to take me to lunch next week. I actually am busy the two days she mentioned with a seminar on one day and a company lunch function the other day, but I know if I say that she will just suggest another day. The fact is I just don't want to give up my lunch hour to spend it with someone I don't really know trying to push a service that my company doesn't really need. I am often busy with work at lunchtime and the few free lunches I get, I like to spend by myself. Is there a polite way to say no to this offer, or should I just suck it up and go? I'm really struggling with this.