Is it ethical to call a funeral home to inquire whether my employee truly attended a funeral service (thereby missing an important meeting)?
— Business Owner
Dear B.O. (that was so fun to type):
Don’t bother calling the funeral director. Since when do they take attendance? Besides, it’s 2018, not 1958 – stop being embarrassingly low-tech. Join the ranks of modern bosses and ask your employee to verify funeral attendance by posting a selfie from the service. Give an extra hour of bereavement leave to anyone who captures the dearly departed at an open casket gig.
— Evil Skippy
I agree that calling the funeral director is going to be a long shot at best. Some employers, as a matter of policy, ask employees to provide a copy of the obituary or other document that states the time and place of the funeral service. However, I confess that I am not aware of employers seeking proof that the employee actually attended the service via witness statements and the like.
If you are mad about just one meeting, cool your jets. If you are mad about a pattern of irregular attendance, implement your corrective action policy.
Readers- what would you do?
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