I hired a new employee four months ago. She does great work and has a great personality. The problem is she is frequently late for work by fifteen minutes or more. She stays late to make up the time but her tardiness affects other employees and the workflow. I’ve counseled her and threatened her with discipline yet she still comes in late. It’s reached the point where she does not even try to make excuses. She just winces at me and says “Sorry” as she slips into her cubicle. I’m at the end of my rope. What can I do to get her here on time?
Wow. That is really a hard one. What can you do? What can you do?
Oh. I know what you can do. Your job. You can do your job. You are a supervisor. So start supervising.
You threatened your time-impaired employee with discipline. That’s a start. Now discipline her.
— Evil Skippy
The requirement that should be listed in all job descriptions is that the employee has to show up for work, whether she or he works in an office, in a factory, on the road or telecommuting from home. You truly should not proclaim that she does great work if she is failing to meet your basic attendance requirements.
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