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There is this person that I like in my company. We've hanged out quite a lot of times with our co-workers. I told my co-workers that I like this person and this person knows about it because our co-workers tease us with each other.

One time, I asked her out to date me. She rejected me and I thought it was cool. We still hanged out with our co-workers and our co-workers knows about the rejection.

Then a couples of weeks passed, this person told me that we will be on the same team for a new project. When we started with this new project, this person became really awkward towards me especially when there are times I have to ask her about work related questions. She seems to avoid me in a very awkward manner.

Now that we are in this situation. How can I deal with this person's awkward behavior in a way that will make them feel that I don't have any expectations of us anymore so that our work will not be affected?

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    Can you precise in what way this person has been awkward? Also, it seems to me that you wanted the question to be gender-neutral but in one occurence you used the wrong pronoun. I'm editing that, but rollback if I'm mistaken. – Evargalo Aug 14 at 8:31
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I like to deal with awkward situations with acknowledgement and honesty. Even more so if I made the situation uncomfortable for the other person and there's a big risk they'll continue to feel uncomfortable around me. So I would have a short conversation to clear the air, something like :

Now that we're working on a project together, I don't want things to be awkward between us. I'm sorry that I made you uncomfortable in the past, but I want you to know that I understand that nothing more is going to happen between us, I won't bother you about it anymore, and I just wish for us to be good co-workers.

That's it. Don't make this a big conversation, it will just make things more awkward. Don't also expect a response from her, don't make it her job to make you feel better about everything that happened. This is just to let her know that you know things have been awkward in the past, that you had your part in that and that it's not going to be an issue any more.

Then act like it. No more mentioning your crush, to you or to your colleagues. Act as if you have no feelings for her left (ideally for you, I hope you can really move on from her).

I've been somewhat in your colleague's shoes. Someone in a group of friends had a crush on me. I actually liked him, but had just gotten out of a serious relationship and wasn't really ready to dive in something serious. All our friends knew about this. They became more invested in the relationship then I was. In the end I decided not to date him. It wasn't my main group of friends, and I was quite new in the group, so I just faded out. It was just too awkward and uncomfortable, they couldn't let it go.

So if your colleagues continue to talk about this, ask them to stop. She doesn't have the option to leave like I did. Since you created this situation and made things uncomfortable for her, I hope you'll make some effort to make sure things get back to normal.

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As good as MlleMei's answer is, they missed one possibility. It's a small possibility, but it's there. It could be that she changed her mind and now wants to date you, but thinks you're not willing because of her initial rejection.

As MlleMei said, talk to her and face it as if there's nothing in the future for you. Don't expect an answer and don't expect her to say that she's changed her mind. Even if she has, she may still not tell you. This conversation should be concise, straight forward, private, and with a lack of expectations. Believe her answer if she gives you one.

I'm not saying to be hopeful about the possibility of her changing her mind, I'm just saying it's a possibility, however small it is. I hesitate to even post this answer, since I don't want to get your hopes up.

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