Sally is an easy employee for you to get along with. She not only does good work, but also gets your jokes, likes the same movies as you, and has a son in the same grade school class as your daughter. Jim, on the other hand, does adequate work--but you think this department veteran is capable of more. Every time you talk with him about his performance, though, he acts as if he's doing you a favor just by hearing you out.
Your frustration is compounded when Sally informs you privately that Jim has been talking about you and her, and not in a complimentary way.
"I overheard him saying that I'm your favorite, so you let me get away with taking far more time off than you'd ever allow anyone else," she says. Over the past few months Sally has needed extra time off for doctor's appointments, but you haven't offered her greater flexibility than you would any other employee. And you've gone over your attendance and leave policies se...(register to read more)