WWYD - I hired a WOHM and now....
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|Fri, 07-13-2007 - 2:35pm|
I have a situation I am struggling with and thought the ladies here might weigh in and help me decide how to proceded.
I recently hired several new people. One woman has been working for me for 2 weeks, but in that time she has been out 3 days and coming in late/leaving early several others. She is a salary employee so the hours are not set in stone (but I do expect 40 in a week) and the days she has missed have been for: a well-child appointment, husband's Dr. appointment, home with sick kids (different, not consequitive days)
The "boss" side of me is concerned that this employee is just not going to be reliable and able to put in the hours I need her to. I hired her for a senior position and am expecting her to be able to self-start and manage her time independently. All told, she has barely worked half the time she has been hired for. If this work pattern continues, I will need to replace her so that I am not paying someone full-time for part-time work.
The mom side of me really feels for her. She has 3 kids, the youngest is 6 months old. She and her DH were both laid off several months ago and she was the first to get an offer, so he is supposed to be at home with the 2 youngest kids. Her 6 month old has had a rough transition to a bottle and her being gone and, to top it off, she and her DH are sharing a car (which is why she had to miss work for the appointments). The days she has missed have been for "good" reasons. I certainly would not hold it against someone if they got the flu right after starting a new job and missed a week of work. And I know how hard it can be to juggle small kids and a job. Someone giving you just a little break can make a huge difference and this family sound like they need it. We spoke about this after the first week (she missed 1 day and came late/left early 3 other days) and she was very emotional and said she did not want to lose the job. I told her that I understood that she was going through a transition time, but that I expected 40 hours, etc, and that we would talk in a few weeks to assess the situation.
Now, the end of week two and more of the same (missed 2 days, erratic hours the other 3).
I am willing to give her a month and see if things settle down, but I am honestly not optimistic. It will probably end up being a waste of both her and my time. I've been burned before for giving people "breaks".
Any suggestions, thoughts?
PS - To the old-timers....Hi!! I haven't been around much lately, work, kids, husband, you know the routine. Hope things are well.