linked item 5.2 – Discussion: Burdening the Bad News

One of the challenges in the business sector is addressing adverse situations which are delicate and sensitive. Review the attached scenarios and discuss which one you find the most difficult to handle.

Conveying bad news is always a tough job. Which of the following scenarios do you believe would be the toughest to convey?

A supervisor who must lay off a dedicated 55-year old veteran employee.
A business owner who must notify employees the company has mismanaged its finances and will no longer be able to meet the payroll.
A manager who must advise the president of the company that his department has been covertly engaging in fraudulent activities and its activities are now being investigated by the state attorney general’s office.

Explain your rationale.