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What's the most awkward conversation you've ever had to have with an employee?

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in Human Resources,People Management,The HR Specialist Forum

Inappropriate attire … tardiness … poor work habits ... sexually offensive behavior … personal hygiene. HR professionals are routinely forced to discuss those uncomfortable topics with employees. What's the most awkward conversation you've ever had to have with an employee? How did you approach the discussion? How did it turn out?—The HR Specialist Forum Editors

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Amy April 9, 2010 at 11:56 am

Having to confront an employee about her continuous and excessive gas after receiving complaints from co-workers and customers!


Jan April 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Having to discuss with the owner of the company, and my boss, that his affair with another top official in the company was about to cause a mass employee walk out. He assumed the affair was secret.


Tami April 7, 2010 at 8:39 am

Having to discuss with an employee that a mini skirt and thigh high boots aren’t appropriate nursing attire. All the men had high blood pressure.


Ben April 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

Discussing with an employee that work hours were not the time nor company computers and printers the appropriate means to research and print off ways to get pregnant and the health effects of anal intercourse… esp. when these things get printed off on the boss’ printer…


Maria April 7, 2010 at 7:18 am

Discussing with an employee that the sexual acts he did alone in the restroom were not acceptable.


HR Manager April 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Discussing with the company driver the complaints of staff about his terrible body odor that they have to endure whenever they ride his van.


Kim April 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Asking our maintenance tech. if he serviced more than the apartment and now owes the resident some money?!


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