Young co-worker problems

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Question: I have a Junior AA working with me who is pretty young and this is her first "real" job. She is a good worker when she's here. My problem is that she sits in the reception area and walks in a half-hour late at least two or three times a week, or dresses inappropriate for a business office.

While I understand that she's young and a good worker, I don't want to keep reminding her that working hours are from 8:30 to 5:30 and not from 9:00 to 5:30. I have tried talking to her about dressing and being late, but it seems to fall on deaf ears. I have tried to give her verbal warnings. I'm not sure what to do next.  -- Needing Help in New York


Sounds like you need to put something in writing in her file. Counsel her and perhaps get HR involved. Looking at it as a learning and teaching tool, you WANT her to be successful, a feel that these things will hind...(register to read more)

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Mary July 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I started working for a small company as an office admin straight out of college. There is 2 people in the office-the president who is my boss and an HR manager who I sometimes work with. For some reason, they tend to treat me as if I am a child which irritates me. I try my best to dress and act professionally but since they are much older and experienced they see me as their child and put me in that type of zone while I am working. For example, my boss started lecturing me about being professionalism and the right way to speak. Then he goes right back to a customer or another employee and exhibit an unprofessional behavior. One time he decided to tell me that he would not approve my time sheet because he walked by my desk at 3:30 and I was not there so I should not have claimed 8 hours but instead 7.5 hours. Then I replied to his e mail telling him that I have proof that I have been working there the entire time until 4 pm and that he can check my word document that I saved on my computer that says it was last modified at 4pm, as a matter of fact. I think this must have made him angry that I had proof and his accusation was only backed by his memory. So he decided to approve my time sheet (we don’t punch in on time cards, we only report the hours worked). He then brings in an IT guy to look into my computer the time I logged in and out which said that I logged in on the computer at 8:15 am that morning and logged off the comp at 4:00pm. He then used this “evidence” to make me admit to reporting my time worked incorrectly and then made me changed the time. I don’t care for the stupid 15 minutes but it upsets me that managers/bosses can do whatever they want. They initially accused me of leaving early but then their own evidence shows that I left on time. So then they used the same evidence to show that I walked in 15 minutes late which is also untrue because I never go straight to my computer to log on when I walk in. Of course now I definitely do sign in the minute I walk in… And the funny part is the HR person was actually backing him up saying she was there when he walked by my desk at 330 and I was not there when even my log off time says 4:00pm. They were both wrong but never apologized to me. They are so quick to put my mistakes out there but they never accept theirs. Anyway I have learned a lot through this process but I just want to know was there a better way to handle this situation??


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