Private Meetings Between Employees

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about secret conversations between two members of a four member company: Is the newer employee, who may be at the root of the trouble and may be “poisoning” the other employee’s attitude?

I own a small company (4 people, including myself). Recently, I’ve encountered two of my employees having impromptu, private conversations in very out-of-the-way locations such as in the hot sun of the parking lot during business hours (not on the way to or from lunch), out in the 120-degree aircraft hangar when their workstations are in the adjacent 77-degree office, etc., when they should be inside working. When I walk-up, they quickly try and cover up whatever they may have been talking about.

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