At a staff meeting today, several of my employees were grumbling about new work place timekeeping software. I guess I was not in the mood for whining so I told them to be glad they had a good job and weren’t immigrant kids in a cage. Someone reported this to H.R. and, after talking to me, they gave me a written reprimand for making an “inappropriate comment”.
Dumb or not, was this a discipline event? Would you have issued the reprimand or, as I predict, have told the employees to hold off on complaining until something at work is serious?
Get a new crystal ball. Your prediction wasn’t even close. I’d slap you and then slap you again. I’m Evil, but even I would not joke about all the babies and kids separated from their families and put into detention.
- Jokes about hit men and Tasers and dolts – yes.
- Child abuse – NO.
You are a supervisor. So supervise. Just don’t make dumb comments while doing so.
— Evil Skippy
I agree with the reprimand. Reprimands are intended to make sure that someone who broke a rule or failed to meet expectations knows what he or she did wrong so that person can correct future behavior. You did wrong. Now you know. Don’t do it again. Reprimand worked – unless you are truly dumb (you said it first) and keep saying such things at work.
Seriously – joking about incarcerated babies and children? You needed a reprimand to know better? Sheesh.
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