how can I tell an employee to mind his own business?

A reader writes: I have an employee who has great rapport with coworkers. Unfortunately, he makes everyone else’s business his business. He takes it upon himself to be the advocate or “cheerleader” for staff and their individual work-related issues that do not involve him. He takes time away during the day to rehash or discuss the issue with others and stirs the pot. This affects his productivity and that of others around him. How can I tell him to stop stirring the pot and getting involved in issues that do not concern him? I answer this question — and four others — over at Inc. today, where I’m revisiting letters that have been buried in the archives here from years ago (and sometimes updating/expanding my answers to them). You can read it here. Other questions I’m answering there today include:
  • How to turn down networking requests
  • Offering to be a resource to job candidates who I reject
  • How to get people to stop using “reply all”
  • Competitive managers are looking for mistakes on other people’s shifts
how can I tell an employee to mind his own business? was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
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