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By matt_falenski ·
I have a tech who really knows PCs inside and out, but recently is three to four hours late at least once per week. He is going into his second month working here, and has been late four times. We have flex time in the summer, so right now it isnt really bad, but its usually a Monday AM when lots of people are here. Does anyone have any ideas about what I should do? I can sort of let it slide in the summer, but not at all in the fall.

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by McKayTech In reply to Late Employee

It sounds like time for a frank discussion with him - three to four hours is not a trivial amount of tardiness and the time to get it straightened out is now because letting it slide now will just push the problem into the fall and it won't be any easier then.

It's very tempting to get into the reasons for his tardiness but you need to just define the expectation and establish consequences for not meeting it. His talent doesn't do much good if he's not there to use it.

paul

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by matt_falenski In reply to Late Employee

Thank You!

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by rengirl In reply to Late Employee

It sounds like you would like to work it out
with him, and don't necessarily want to
give him an ultimatim, although obviously
you need to establish the line he
shouldn't cross. Decide what time is the
absolute latest he should be in, and dock
him or take some other action, take away
perks or something, per each tardiness
beyond the accepted time. Maybe only
Mondays are important in the summer,
and you can be more open in the
summer. Just make it clear to him where
your boundaries are. You also should put
it in writing that the parameters of the job
are typical business hours, but leniency
is allowed to a certain degree, and the
price for the leniency you're offering are
the following demerits if he crosses the
line. Have him sign it. If he wants to stay,
but needs a firm hand, it will work out. If
he leaves, he probably would have taken
advantage of you more and more as time
goes on. I'm a night person, and although
we have flex hours, I'm normally 1/2 hr
b

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by matt_falenski In reply to Late Employee

Thanks! Good ideas!

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by Dennis@l In reply to Late Employee

If he is really good and you want to keep him. Be a friend and let him know where you stand with hin and where he stands with you. Try to get to the bottom of why he is late. Maybe he needs help solving some type of personal problem, steer him inthe right direction for help, but do not provide him with the entire solution let him find his own solution.

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by matt_falenski In reply to Late Employee

Thank You!

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by curlergirl In reply to Late Employee

It's important to set the limits now and not let it slide just because right now it doesn't make as much difference. No matter how good he is, if he (1) isn't there when you need him; and (2) can't be a good team player and abide by the rules, you don't need him. I'd be ready to fire an employee who was 3 or 4 hours late even just once without a REALLY good explanation. I'm not saying to come down with both feet on this guy, but you have to be clear with him that this is not acceptable behavior. Let him know you want to work things out, be as accommodating as you can reasonably be within the limits of your authority. But you have to keep in mind, too, that if he gets away with this behavior, other employees may begin to push the limits, too, and that can get really bad! Good luck!

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by matt_falenski In reply to Late Employee

Thank You!

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by edahl In reply to Late Employee

The reasons don't matter so don't get sidetracked on that. You have to have a sit-down with the person and outline 1) that you value his contributions; 2) his occasional tardiness is causing a problem; 3) it reflects on you as a manager and on the team as a whole; 4) you rely his being there; and 5) ask him if there is a situation you should know more about that is causing this. Let him offer the solution and try to allow him to avoid defensive behaviour. You're there to help.

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by matt_falenski In reply to Late Employee

Thank You!

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