How do I deal with this person?
September 18, 2011 5:07 PM Subscribe
How to deal with borderline-inappropriate/socially inept parishioner at my job?
posted by altopower to human relations (20 answers total)
I work at a small Presbyterian church as the music director and administrative assistant. I've been there for 7 1/2 years, and I love my job.
However. There is a young woman member who has been a thorn in my side for my entire tenure. She stands there and eavesdrops on conversations that she is not involved in. She butts in to said conversations. She answers questions that are not addressed to her and that she is not qualified to answer. The list goes on and on. I'm sure most of you know someone like this.
I cannot just confront her and tell her to mind her own business, as she is a member and I am an employee. This is a VERY small church, and I cannot avoid her...she is a member of my choir as well. How do I continue to deal with this without completely losing my temper, but still somehow letting her know that she's overstepping?
One caveat: she may possibly be mildly developmentally disabled. No one knows for sure. Her intelligence seems average, but it may possibly be affecting her social skills.