Bullied About Gossiping

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about asking about gossip.

If a supervisor calls a worker into the office and asks the worker, “Are you spreading rumors about me and another young lady because it was told to me and my wife on yesterday.” Did he just bully that worker?

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

It doesn’t sound like any bullying took place. If he had said angrily, “If you ever talk about me again, I’ll have your job!”, that might be considered bullying and threatening. Instead, he asked about a rumor, which is his right to do as a manager.Perhaps a better way to have handled it would for him to have gone to HR to make a formal complaint and ask that the employee be questioned about it. However, doing some supervisory investigation was appropriate too.I hope that answers your question. Best wishes to you.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.