Q: “One of my employees constantly criticizes her colleagues for making ‘immoral’ life choices. Her judgmental remarks are creating a very uncomfortable atmosphere on our team. As a business owner, I feel I have a responsibility to keep people from being harassed this way. What should I do?” Troubled Manager
A: For starters, you should tell this self-righteous woman that she must immediately stop lecturing co-workers about their personal lives. Explain that this rule applies to all team members, including anyone who might criticize her own life choices.
To insure that everyone understands your expectations, discuss the issue in a team meeting without mentioning this particular employee. The others may assume that her behavior triggered your remarks, but that’s okay as long as you don’t single her out.
For example: “As team members, we need to recognize and respect the boundary between our work and our personal lives. Making critical comments about a colleague’s lifestyle is disruptive to the team and totally unacceptable. If anyone ever treats you this way, please let me know.”
A stern admonition may resolve the problem. But if your sanctimonious employee stubbornly refuses to curb her offensive behavior, the only solution is to remove her from the team.
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