We had a slightly strange reaction from a (departing) employee ('Louise') last week and I'm wondering what everyone here thinks.
The employee is someone who has been with us for a fairly short time (less than a year) She is diligent and works hard, but turned out not to be up to the job, and seemed very resistant to change (one example - being repeatedly asked to do something in a specific way, and within a specific timescale, but despite this, always leaving it to the last moment (about 3 weeks late) to the extent that the task was taken off her)
As a result, she was given notice and is working out her notice period. She presented us and with her draft of an announcement to the rest of the staff about her leaving (it is usual within our company for an e-mail to be circulated when someone is leaving or joining)
The draft was wholly inappropriate so it was amended and a much shorter, more generic one provided which she was shown before it was sent round
She came back saying she didn't like the wording, which mentioned that she had 'worked hard' as it is "demeaning". It was the specific reference to working hard which she classed as demeaning. Itís not clear from her comment whether she thinks itís demeaning to her, of if itís demeaning to the other staff members who will read the announcement, but either way we were a bit taken aback by the comment.
Would you see being described as working hard as demeaning? (It's one of the few things one can honestly say about her - she *was* working hard, just really, really ineffectively)