telling a chronically tardy employee with child care issues that she has to be on time … without tears

Ask A Manager

She has worked for us for a week now, and is having child-care issues causing her to be tardy or have to leave earlier than expected. The nature of our business doesn’t allow for flex-time, and we are a semi-warehouse environment, so we don’t allow children inside the location. The last four days, she has either been late (because the sitter was late), or she’s had to leave before other non-managerial employees in the evening to pick her child up.

Job Sharing

Professional Resume Services

Job sharing is one way to get work hours flexibility, especially if you need it because of child care or elderly parent responsibilities. Both loved the arrangement and through careful planning, this went on for 15+ years. This goes beyond good face-to-face communication skills as you have to be able to communicate with the other worker when you are not working at the same time. Being flexible and able to accept phone calls on non-work time is also helpful.

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More Companies Becoming Flexible with Work Hours

Ms. Career Girl

For some, however, they work under what is known as flex time, allowing them to have some flexibility with the hours they put in on a weekly basis. More companies are providing the option of flex time, whereby a variety of employees are able to work the hours that best suit their schedules, especially those who are working moms, full or part-time students, taking care of a sick relative and so on. Despite a national unemployment rate that hovers around 9.1

2011 130

10 Things That Haven’t Changed For Women In The Business World

Career Realism

Disproportionate Stress Levels Work can be quite stressful at times, and it's women who bear the brunt of work-related stress. As a result, families are forced to spend a good portion of their paychecks on child care, which can make working feel pointless.

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Work/life balance – post recession career planning

Career Key

But for those of you choosing a long-term career path , what does the current economy mean for your future flex-time schedule? Probably not much - time is on your side. NYT reporter Lisa Belkin describes some of the preliminary impacts of the recession on flex-time policies, on site child care, and nursing mom benefits. For many in this recession, getting a job, much less a family friendly job, is the goal.

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Top Four: Marissa Mayer’s Maternity Leave Problem

Workology

At the Daily Beast, Samantha Allen reminds us that Mayer’s past statements on and managerial position on maternity leave don’t paint a pretty picture: while expanding Yahoo’s maternity leave she eliminated flex-time and telecommuting, and then built herself an in-office nursery. And as Jessica pointed out in her piece, Mayer has a team of child care workers, while so many working parents struggle to afford day care.

10 Things That Haven’t Changed For Women In The Business World

Career Realism

Work can be quite stressful at times, and it’s women who bear the brunt of work-related stress. Day Care Dilemma. Although many women choose to become mothers and continue to work, most companies do not provide day care services or even offer reimbursement for the cost. As a result, families are forced to spend a good part of their paychecks on child care, which can make working feel pointless. Flex Time Is Too Rigid.

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what to say to a chronically late employee

Ask a Manager

She has worked for us for a week now, and is having child-care issues causing her to be tardy or have to leave earlier than expected. The nature of our business doesn’t allow for flex-time, and we are a semi-warehouse environment, so we don’t allow children inside the location. The last four days, she has either been late (because the sitter was late), or she’s had to leave before other non-managerial employees in the evening to pick her child up.

why are people so relaxed about lateness, should managing be this much work, and more

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I feel it is non-negotiable that — except for cases of emergency, sick kids, traffic jams — employees should be at work on time the vast majority of days. This means getting to work about 10 minutes early in time to hang up a coat, use the bathroom, etc.,

2020 43

questioning an employee about how sick they really are, a sugar-stealing coworker, and more

Ask a Manager

She has no attendance issues, no performance issues, no history of abusing flex-time. She’s either willing to approve the work-from-home time or she’s not, but the details of Sansa’s medical symptoms are none of her business. My husband and I are in the process of becoming licensed as a foster/adoption parents for a child who will be from newborn to five years old. Ask to take the time off, not to work from home during it. It’s four answers to four questions.

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