You asked the employees who laughed to tell you what they saw. They were embarrassed, but one of the more outspoken ones says:

“We were laughing at a joke Joan told us at lunch time.”

You are almost certain that Joan has been telling them stories about the situation and about how badly treated she feels. You’re concerned that rumours are going to spread. 

Which of the steps listed below would you take? 

Open each one in turn and decide which to take in response to the problem above. Use the link in your chosen response to see the consequence of your action.

Do nothing, but keep your eye on Joan.

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Call Joan over to a more private place and ask her what’s going on.

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