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Butt out of employees’ affairs

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Q One of our employees has been borrowing money from co-workers. Our director does not approve. If people are willing to lend or give money, does she have the right to tell them to stop?

A The only way it would become her concern is if several employees complained to her that they’re having a problem with an employee who repeatedly asks for money. Even then, it’s up to each employee to handle the request as he sees fit (namely, by saying no).

The best the director can do is encourage them to state clearly what they’re willing and not willing to do. It would be inappropriate for the boss to insist that employees stop lending or giving money to each other. That not only would be micromanaging but would intrude on their personal turf.

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