my worker will not converse to me — Ask a Supervisor

my worker received’t converse to me

A reader writes:

I’ve an worker who lately misplaced her mom to most cancers. We’re a small staff, and we lined for her extensively whereas she took the time to look after her mother on the finish of her life. Understandably, she’s nonetheless very upset, and we attempt to be accommodating as attainable.

Nevertheless, a pair weeks in the past, my brother was recognized with an aggressive type of most cancers. The remainder of my staff has been supportive, however this one worker has stopped talking to me nearly fully. Her workplace is true subsequent to mine, however there are days that she won’t say a phrase to me. She instructed me that it was as a result of my household’s state of affairs “hits too near residence.” I perceive that it’s painful for her, however we nonetheless must work collectively (and I’ve to oversee her). I’m not strolling across the workplace weeping or speaking on a regular basis about my brother’s most cancers. I really feel like I’ve to stroll on eggshells round her. What can I do to enhance the state of affairs?

I reply this query — and 4 others — over at Inc. right now, the place I’m revisiting letters which have been buried within the archives right here from years in the past (and typically updating/increasing my solutions to them). You’ll be able to learn it right here.

Different questions I’m answering there right now embrace:

  • My supervisor calls us pet names
  • Is it time for me to get promoted?
  • When ought to I point out the affect {that a} mind harm has had on my writing?
  • Folks maintain making an attempt to get me to depart my home-based enterprise

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