When does a casual comment raise concern?
I was having a conversation with a colleague (non-HR) yesterday regarding a procedure that was not followed according to company process. This colleague commented that the situation, now under control, was blow out of proportion. I joked and said, “What around here isn’t”. To which she replied “Tell me about it. If I didn’t let things roll off my back, I’m come in with a shot gun.”
I’ve known this colleague for over 3 years and she is certainly not the violent type – at least not the type of employee that you would want to pass through a metal detector each morning. She’s never raised her voice in meetings or is seen as demanding. She’s very calm, even keeled and shows up each day.
Should I be concerned with her comments? If so, how can I do about handling the situation without accusing her of workplace violence?