Hostess Left to Do the Mostest

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about an owner’s relative who slacks off.

I am a hostess and server at a restaurant and have been there for just over one year. About a month ago, one of my co-hostesses realized that if she wants to get off of her shift early, she should go back to the kitchen and servers area. She says “ugh, I want to go home. Maybe if I go back there they’ll see that I’m not doing anything and will send me home.”

And in fact, this has worked for her many times. The problem is that while she is back in the server area trying to get sent home early, I am left doing all the seating, carryout orders, and side work such as rolling silverware and folding kids’ menus. I have had to go back there multiple times and ask her to come help me do our job.

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