Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

How to Handle an Easily Offended Employee in the Workplace

We've been hearing a lot of big tech companies implementing massive layoffs to downsize their teams in preparation for tougher times.

These layoffs are brutal and partly a result of many companies hiring too quickly during the pandemic.

In the While We Were Working section, we focus on an article that outlines Meta's plan to fire middle-level management to reduce costs and hire new staff to start in the office.

One intriguing comment he made was related to engineers who initially joined the company in person and then transitioned to remote work outperforming those who started remotely.

What does this mean?

Join us in this episode as Sommer and I decode this message from Meta and what it means for smaller businesses.

In the consultant's corner, we tackle a question from one of our listeners who wanted to know how to handle a situation where an employee is easily offended at work and always finds something to be sensitive about.

The answer lies in open and honest conversations.

Open and honest conversations are essential for helping employees develop trust, respect, and understanding for one another.

When employees can communicate openly and freely with each other, they're more likely to openly discuss and address any conflict, disagreements, and issues that may arise.

They are also more likely to give the most respectful interpretation of any message.

This way, employees can come to a resolution quickly and efficiently rather than having a workplace culture where everyone is walking on eggshells.

 Key Takeaways

- Meta's plan to hire middle-level management (05:33)

- Viable alternatives to layoffs (08:25)

- How to do layoffs effectively (09:36)

- How to handle a sensitive employee (15:54)?

- Most respectful interpretation approach (16:45)

- The challenges with written communication (23:16)

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 Hosts: Joey Price & Sommer Ketron

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