We Want To Have A Pool Party But One Employee Objects

images-257Dear Evil Skippy:

I am on the committee that is planning our company’s annual summer picnic. This year, all except for one of us want to have the event at a local community club that has a pool, lots of covered picnic tables and grassy areas for games. The one hold-out is a woman who says we should not have swimming because, and I quote, “No one wants to see everyone in their bathing suits.” We know everyone is going to love our plan (except for her) but she has a tendency to make a stink about things if she does not get her way. How can we head her off at the pass on this?

– Lynn

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Should I Tell My Employee His Performance Was Unsatisfactory When I Lay Him Off Due To Budget Cuts?

Dear Evil Skippy:

Due to reorganization plans and some budget issues, the company where I am a manager is combining three small departments. As a result, we have to lay off a few people. We are basing the decision strictly on seniority. One of the men who I supervise will be laid off. He has had terrible job performance for a long time. I was thinking that when I inform him of the lay off, I will also tell him that I was about to initiate a corrective action plan because his job was in jeopardy due to poor performance. This information might help him do better at his next job. Our human resources manager is insisting that I stick to the lay off reason and not mention anything else. That seems dishonest to me. What would you do?

– Manager Michael

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Should I Appeal My “Good” Attendance Ranking?

cac4e2c8253fb24e086b56d9539e862aDear Evil Skippy:

My supervisor just gave me my annual evaluation. She is new to the company but I have worked here for five years. My performance reviews have always been excellent. Although my overall ranking on the recent review was outstanding, my supervisor ranked me only as “Good” in the attendance category even though I never missed a day of work and was never late. When I asked why I did not get the highest ranking, my boss replied, “There is always room for improvement”. This does not make sense to me. Should I appeal the ranking to get it changed? What do you recommend?

– Andrew

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Should I Invite An Atheist To My Wedding?

images-256Dear Evil Skippy:

I am getting married in a few months. It will be a religious ceremony held at my family’s church. One of the employees who I supervise is an atheist. She has made it clear in the past that she is not a fan of organized religion. Do you think it is all right to invite her to the wedding? Our invitations are going to include Bible verses, so if I end up inviting her should I forego the printed invitation and ask her to attend in person? I was planning to invite all the people who work for me but don’t want to make waves with that one employee so am thinking perhaps I should just remove her from the list.

– Anthony

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Are Class Members Most Attentive In The Morning Or The Afternoon?

images-255Dear Evil Skippy:

I have loved your blog for years and hope I get to hear you speak in person some day. I coordinate some of the training programs where I work. In your experience, are people more attentive in morning classes or afternoon ones? I want to make my programs as effective as possible.

– Hillary

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Is It Dishonest To Call In Sick For A “Mental Health” Day?

images-254Dear Evil Skippy:

Once in a while I use a sick day for a mental health day even though I am not feeling physically or mentally sick. I just need a day off and our sick leave policy does not have a category for “personal days” like my other employers had. Do you think that it is dishonest to call in “sick” if I have a good attendance record and only do this once in a while (maybe twice a year)? Could I be fired?

– Basically Honest

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Can My Boss Force Me To Use Less Perfume?

images-253Dear Evil Skippy:

My boss told me that I have to stop wearing so much cologne. I do not think he has the legal right to discriminate adjacent me like this and I told him so. Now he is threatening to discipline me for insubordination. Before I take a stand, am I correct that you can’t fire someone because of the type of cologne they wear? It’s a high quality brand that everyone else likes.

– Nancy

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My Co-Worker Compares Obama To T.V. Show Presidents

p9691630_b_v7_acDear Evil Skippy:

One of my co-workers annoys me to no end. She is a rabid fan of television shows like Scandal and House of Cards. The problem is that she keeps citing those shows as evidence of conspiracies and other nefarious deeds in real-life politics. She is regularly saying things like, “I know Obama does this because I saw the same thing on House of Cards.” She acts as though I am a naïve idiot for not believing her wild theories. How can I get her to stop?

– Losing Mind

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