One of the employees who reports to me is wigging out about the Ebola virus. She is certain that we are about to have a local outbreak and are doomed. She also is insisting that we have mandatory safety training about how to prevent spreading the disease and how to spot symptoms. We have told her no many times but she keeps insisting. How do we make her stop?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the symptoms of Ebola typically include:
- High fever
- Joint and muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Stomach pain
- Lack of appetite
I was going to say to have everyone fake these symptoms and scare your hypochondriac of an employee into silence, but it occurs to me that these symptoms are also a common sign of a recent employee potluck.
I guess this means you need to just tell her to shut up about it and see a therapist if she can’t calm down.
— Evil Skippy
This is indeed a “shut up” moment, but you need to translate it into courteous Office Speak. For an earlier post about doing this, check out My Employee Won’t Stop Complaining from 2010.
Readers – how would you handle this employee’s concern?
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