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!
I bet your worker's comp division/lawyer would like to know about her art classes and needing to practice her art. If you haven't made that call I would do so immediately. They can advise you exactly of the agreement as far as how many hours a day she can work, how many days in a row, etc. If there is no contract for a set schedule then see if they will let you schedule her as needed keeping within the 60/month guideline.
She's dictating things she shouldn't be allowed to. I guess they fear another lawsuit. It would be best if she just quit and not keeping her schedule might be one way to do it. Maybe every other weekend would do the trick if that is what most nurses there work.
Last edit by Batman24 on Feb 13, '08