I have an employee that is always sneaking around trying to get in conversations that she does not belong in. How do I tell her that she needs to do her job and stay out of other people’s business? I also have another employee that is very needy and likes to complain a lot. She is a very good employee but I believe she also likes to complain for attention.
People like drama. People create drama. Some of us have the ability to separate business from personal and some do not. There are problem employees in every single company. As a manager, it is your responsibility to mold productive employees.
First off, when you say this employee is sneaking around trying to get into conversations – are these conversations about business or personal issues? If they’re business, make sure your conversations with employees are in an area such as an office where the door can be closed. If they’re personal, I have always found that if you simply stop speaking, look at the person and say “may I help you?” This seems to set the tone that you aren’t willing to discuss something with someone else.
With people who like to complain, I simply say something positive every time something negative is stated. I would tell this employee that nothing is gained by complaining and it brings everyone else down. Just smile and say something positive every time you see this person.