And That’s When I Snapped, Your Honor

Another update from the Jungle…

unnamed-239Sarah sat at her desk and pondered how she’d get rid of the body after she kills her youngest team member. The dumpster behind the building is a no-go; the police always dumpster dive for clues like dead bodies. There’s no swamp nearby either where she can hide the body. Sarah sighed.

Sarah didn’t plan to become homicidal. She has a tidy little business that makes money while allowing her to offer a few perks to her young staff. She knows she’s not a bad person but now thoughts of murder whirl in her brain. She wants to kill Taylor, a young millennial who is incredibly talented but has an infuriating habit of demonstrating a lack of common sense.

The problem surfaced months ago when Taylor sided with a client against Sarah in the middle of the client meeting. At the time, Sarah thought her hearing had gone wonky.

unnamed-237Sarah has always offered a lot of freedom to her staff because she believes that gets the creative juices flowing. But there’s a limit. So immediately after the client meeting, Sarah explained the importance of not disagreeing with the person who signs your paycheck, especially in front of clients. Taylor mumbled a sort of apology.

Since the disastrous client meeting, Taylor has alternated between sulky and charming. She complains about her schedule, her pay rate, and the obnoxiousness of certain clients. In short, Taylor is acting like a bratty teenager. Sarah secretly wonders if it’s cosmic payback for all the grief she gave her own mother during her teenage years.

Earlier today, Sarah allowed Taylor to attend a new client meeting because Taylor referred the prospect to Sarah. Taylor told the prospect that she was overworked for her pay rate, that Sarah’s fees were pricy for what was offered, and wrapped up by saying that she looked forward to working with the prospect. That’s when Sarah began contemplating murder.

What options are available to Sarah?

1. She can read a couple of true crime books to learn how to dispose of the body.
2. She can confine Taylor to a supporting role with no client contact so that she can salvage some of the value of Taylor’s skill set.
3. She can offer a severance package to Taylor in exchange for leaving the company.

Millennials were raised in an era when every child received a medal for participation rather than actual achievements. As a result, they may expect workplace rewards for routine performances. HR policies can’t explicitly fix such workplace assumptions but an on-boarding process and internal training can help adjust workplace expectations.

If your company is struggling with HR issues, Corporate Compliance Risk Advisor can help you create HR policies that are appropriate for your company’s size and then serve as a resource to your staff as the policies are implemented.

If your company is struggling with HR issues, Corporate Compliance Risk Advisor can help you create HR policies that are appropriate for your company’s size and then serve as a resource to your staff as the policies are implemented.

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