Did you ever come across a situation where you thought it was one thing, jumped to a conclusion only to find out it was something entirely different? Well listen to this…
During an after-hours conversation between several employees, one relatively new employee asked the question, “Do we have a procedure we should follow in case someone comes in the office with a gun? You know, some place we should go?” To say that put the remaining employees in the group on red alert was an understatement.
The next day one of the employees from the group reported the comment to their supervisor. Erring on side of caution, the supervisor escalated the comment to the owner. The owner’s immediate reaction was to evacuate the office and call security and immediately terminate the employee who asked the question.
Fortunately, this story has a good ending. The owner took a moment to take a deep breath and quietly investigated a little further. As it turns out, the new employee had been reading about the recent terrorist attacks and was simply trying to ensure he knew what to do in case there was a crisis.
The moral of this story is that while it’s important to be prepared to take immediate action if you sense a potentially dangerous situation, you really need to take a moment to ensure you understand the whole story.