my staff keeps going to their old manager, horrible time-keeping rules, and more

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The first consequence might be a serious conversation about why they’re disregarding your instructions, the second might be a more serious conversation (“I’m concerned that this is continuing, and it’s becoming a serious problem that could affect your job here”), and the third might be a final warning that if they aren’t able to work with you as their manager, you will replace them. Taking a day for bereavement right after starting a new job.

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