How much "mouthing off" is normal and acceptable?
I have spoken with several new business owners who have faced emotional turmoil because of the cruel behaviors which employees exhibit toward management, their spouse or their own management style. We sense, hear and feel the same type of behavior at my shop. We have 5 "men" laboring, 1 manager and an owner working in one building. We initiate new policies in a democratic format. We ask for advice and request "out of the box" ideas. We give positive feedback for work well done and offer positive suggestions when jobs are not being properly executed. The problems often begin when someone begins mouthing off about a job not going well. This type of negative commentary becomes infectious. Other employees begin to join in that opinion. Eventually, the commentary moves toward individuals and the work that they do, or the suggestions that they make. Sometimes, being the only female, it rolls into gossipy lies about who is "in bed" with whom. How much of this acceptable. I can`t fire every employee who talks behind my back. What is the proper way to deal with this employee or this situation. Confronting it does not seem to work. Implying a threat does not seem to work. Any suggestion?
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