"An employee is creating morale problems in the office by
constantly complaining about anything and everything. She complains
about too much time entering data on the system, other employees work
hours and habits and things that I say or do that she perceives as
unfair. The problem is that she is nice to my face but she's driving the
rest of the staff crazy. This group is in an adjacent building because
of space constraints and I cannot be there to observe her. What should I
One strategy is direct confrontation. Set up a confidential meeting with
this person. For example, "We need to talk. I have been getting a
lot of negative feedback about how unhappy you are. Is there something
you need to talk about? How can I help? Then wait! Sit there silently,
attentively and let her talk next. If she denies, gently contradict, if
she attacks answer the concepts and ignore the anger.
End the encounter
with clear descriptions of where diversity stops and that creating a
hostile workplace for her coworkers, including you, must stop.
Expectations of future behavior should be clear. Document it all.
Policies and Procedures for reprimanding employees (e.g., three verbal
warnings and three written warnings are terms for termination). Every
employee should sign a copy of the policies and procedures when hired.
it to "Take away her audience." Enlist the help of the other
employees to back up your policies, not listen to her complaints and to
walk away when possible. Once her audience is gone, she will be too.
formal, team approach would work as follows:
Team meeting with the principal individual.
Member shares concerns with this person.
has an opportunity to respond to the Team.
A plan of
corrective action is agreed upon.
Team meeting is held to discuss outcomes/implications.