Keep busybodies at bay

If one of your employees routinely offers unsolicited advice to coworkers, you may need to intervene. For example, one employee makes inappropriate comments about another’s appearance or personal relationships.

Generally, it is a good idea to let employees handle their own issues—with support if needed. However, if you notice a pattern that is affecting morale, it’s time for you to speak up. Say something like:

“I sometimes notice you making comments that come across as judgmental. I imagine your intent is to be helpful, and I think you may not be aware of how offensive your comments actually can be. Let me give you a few examples. When you said …, the effect was … I wanted to make you aware of how your words come across, because I believe your intentions are positive.”

Learn how to break bad habits among employees! Today is your last chance to register for Breaking Bad Habits: Techniques for Making Positive Change in Your Workplace. In this 60-minute audio conference, internationally recognized expert Lew Bayer arms you with powerful ways to motivate employees to trade habits like lateness, negative attitudes, and poor communication for a vibrant new culture of readiness.

— Advice adapted from Meryl Runion’s SpeakStrong, http://www.powerpotentials.com.

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