Difficult Employee...What do I do? - page 2

I am having a tough time with an employee. Lately she has been giving me grief over the smallest things. She is on disablilty and is only able to work 60 hours a month. She doesn't want to work more than 6 hours at a time. She... Read More

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    I think it's interesting that here is the only manager I have ever heard say she feels the employee has the upper hand.

    I am not fully clear on why you think she is a pain in the neck, other than that she won't do what you ask. She is injured and "in therapy", I guess. Foolish of her to mention the art classes. But why get mad at someone who is on medical leave.

    Anyway, HR and Legal should be able to help you force her to get seen by your company doctor, who would probably be delighted to release her to RTW full duty much sooner than would her PMD.

    If you really want to get rid of what I presume is a good worker, just not a real malleable one, do what HR says. It's their job to know. And steel your heart, lower the boom, and keep on going. Tough duties - that's what being the boss is like.

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    I just read your post again. I think it is time to tell her that the set schedule doesn't work - although I'm not sure it doesn't. It sounds like some jealousy is in play here, too, not just being irked with her set schedule. Most places I have worked have hat set schedules, though, to tell you the truth.

    why not analyze what is really bothering you about her? Then you'll know what to do about her.

    And when will her cases be settled?
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    Quote from klait81
    I am having a tough time with an employee. Lately she has been giving me grief over the smallest things. She is on disablilty and is only able to work 60 hours a month. She doesn't want to work more than 6 hours at a time. She doesn't want to work 2 days in a row and the previous manager gave her a set schedule of Wed and Friday with one weekend a month. It has been tough, but I have been trying to accommodate all her requests. This past month while making my new department schedule I had a hole in the schedule I needed filled an no one else could do it. I asked her if she could and she replied, "Well, I usually take my art classes on Tuesdays and I like to spend my Mondays doing my art so I'll have to check but probably not." ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? I would love to sit at home and do other things too, but this is your job! Were it not for the set schedule I would have just scheduled her to work and been done with it! I am tired of catering to her wants and desires. I want to fire her, but I don't know what to do! Should I counsel her that this set schedule business doesn't work? Should I cut her hours down to nothing? What do I do? Oh, also, she has 2 worker's comp cases open against our company. They have been open for over 1.5 years and occurred under questionable circumstances. HELP!
    Just schedule her. She'll either do it or she won't. What is she going to say? "I'm being mistreated because I can't paint on Mondays?" How ridiculous would that sound? You are right. It is her job. If she wants to keep it, then, she should be willing to be flexible also. :wink2:


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