You manage a competent employee, Jim, with a good attitude and a strong work ethic. There's just one problem: He's chronically running late.
Initially, Jim's weakdidn't pose a big problem. You would joke at staff meetings about waiting for him to show up. "Let's set our watches to 'Jim time,' " you'd tell the group with a knowing grin.
With each passing month, however, his tardiness has worsened. You've been placed in situations where you had to apologize to clients for his lateness.
It has reached the point where Jim's neglect of others' time is hurting your reputation in the eyes of. They keep noticing that he fails to arrive on time—even after you've assured them that you're going to address the problem and insist that Jim shape up—and now you're starting to look ineffectual.
You've tried to talk with Jim and emphasize the importance of punctuality. You've even given him how-to books to...(register to read more)