Problem with employees


If an employee doesn’t show up on some days and we have to fill them in, what should be done?




Dear Frustrated:

I wonder if you are a student working on an assignment, or someone who is dealing with frustrating employees? Which ever is the case, think about the value of open communications in a positive way in situations like this.

If the employee has a valid reason to be gone, you likely have an obligation to fill them in on work issues. But, really, how many work issues does someone have to get caught up with? It shouldn’t be too time consuming.

If you feel it’s disruptive and problematic talk to your supervisor about it. Ask if there is a better way to handle it than for you to spend a large amount of time catching someone up when they have been absent more than others. The reason they are absent and how much you have to talk to them about work, would be the key indicators of whether to just do it, or to say something to a supervisor about it.

Best wishes!

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.