I supervise a small six-person department that includes one employee who has chronic life drama. I feel sorry for her, and so do the rest of my employees. She travels the office daily, sharing her tale of woe with first one employee and then the next. We’ve all had enough; however, I worry that if I ax her, her coworkers will consider me mean.
You don’t need to ax her; you do need to set boundaries. If she spends just five minutes briefing each of five employees daily concerning the latest drama, she costs your company eighteen hours a month in lost time productivity. Sit down with her and tell her you need her to stop. You may be surprised by how your other employees react to your handling this situation. They may rejoice.
© Dr. Lynne Curry is author of ”Beating the Workplace Bully” and ”Solutions” as well as owner of the management/HR consulting/training firm The Growth Company Inc. Follow her on Twitter @lynnecury10 or at www.bullywhisperer.com.