Being privy to sensitive knowledge in the workplace can be stressful. If you witness a team member doing something unethical, such as stealing money or goods from the company, speaking to your employer can be a delicate matter. Before you approach your boss, I suggest that you approach this sensitive issue with ample preparation and certainty. Watch the video for more details.
#1: Be totally certain of your accusations. After all, theft is a serious matter and could lead to termination of the guilty party. Make sure that you have all your information straight before taking it to the next level.
#2: Avoid spreading rumors. Don’t allow yourself to be tempted to share your suspicions with your co-workers. This can backfire and create a great deal of disruption for the entire team.
#3: Take it to the appropriate person. Don't discuss your suspicions with the employee/team member in question. After all, more than likely if they are guilty the will deny it. They might feel threatened and make some bad decisions to protect their name, which could harm you or other co-workers.
I do suggest you go directly to your owner, boss, or manager. Again, make certain you have the facts. Schedule a time to discuss this matter in person. Do not send it in an email or text message. When confronting your superiors, avoid getting emotionally connected to the matter. State only the facts. Leave out any emotion.
Once you have discussed the sensitive issue with your superior, the ball is now in their court and they will handle the situation according.
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Patti Wanamaker brings 21 years of experience to the Milady team where she currently serves as an Implementation and Training Specialist. Her intimate understanding of the salon, school, and beauty industry comes from 18 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted training specialist, including 8 years of salon and spa ownership of 3 salons with annual sales of $5 million. Her experience in all 3 areas of our industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative training that inspires and empowers beauty industry professionals.
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