My work colleague wished COVID-19 on me — should I complain?


I had a disagreement with a work colleague throughout a Zoom assembly. He then mentioned — in entrance of different group members — “Why can’t COVID discover the correct folks?” I was surprised and so was the group. Do you assume I should confront the particular person, report it to HR, or simply let it go?

Each multiple-choice query has at the very least one reply that’s clearly mistaken and might be eradicated instantly. Guess which one that’s right here? For these of you taking part in at dwelling, appropriate — ignoring it’s not an possibility. Let’s change “COVID” with one thing else, like “most cancers,” “AIDS,” “coronary heart assault” and even “demise,” and see the way it feels. You must say one thing, and there must be extraordinary circumstances for me to not fireplace that particular person — like if they simply misplaced a cherished one to COVID, are grieving and had a momentary horrible lapse. However that’s about the one excuse I can consider.

My employer filed for Chapter 11 final spring and the corporate closed shortly thereafter. Its property had been offered to a different enterprise, which is now within the means of reviving the unique firm. Fewer than 10 p.c of the workers have remained on board with the brand new house owners. The remaining had been “downsized.” On LinkedIn, the remaining workers typically gloat in regards to the “rebirth” of the corporate, which I discover extraordinarily insensitive since so many individuals misplaced their livelihoods. Am I justified in feeling this fashion, or should I congratulate them on LinkedIn?

There are too many individuals glued to social platforms who’re flaming and trolling and rewiring the synapses of their mind and mainly turning into digital assault zombies. LinkedIn shouldn’t be that place and never for these folks. You’ve got the correct to really feel what you are feeling, however is it potential that their enterprise and job revival underneath new possession is justifiable trigger for celebration, and they aren’t really gloating? If they’re being insensitive, you possibly can merely not congratulate them. No hurt in that. Or, congratulate them and want the numerous colleagues who misplaced their jobs effectively, and specific hope that the LinkedIn group gives help of their job searches.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of expertise as a chief human sources govt and is devoted to serving to New Yorkers get again to work. E-mail your inquiries to Comply with Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at