My supervisor was out of the office at the time so when she came back she asked after the bereaved team member. I stupidly went close to her and said in a gentle voice that he received news that his sister was dead – that was when my supervisor sent my head swinging 45 degrees left with an unexpected hot slap. The following conversation ensued:
Me: “Why did you slap me?”
Boss: “Tell me it’s a lie”
Me: “It’s true…but you slapped me”
Boss: “Sorry, I don’t know…er…I wasn’t expecting that kind of news”
In my head: The next time I’m passing on shocking news to my boss I’ll do so from about 50 feet away or better yet I’ll send a text.
Anyway, the swelling has gone down now.
~In loving memory of Chioma O. ~