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‘If the boss doesn’t do it, why should we?’

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Your boss worked his way up through the ranks, and one of the perks he enjoys the most is not having to clock in each day. While he's generally effective as a manager, he also generally arrives 10 to 15 minutes after everyone else. Only when he's later than that does he make an effort to call in, and on the rare occasions you've discussed the issue, he's made it clear that he feels he's earned the right to flexibility.

But his habitual lateness is causing you a headache — because he expects you to enforce attendance rules rigorously with your people.

The problem comes to a head when you notice several of your people lagging much more frequently than usual. You speak with each of them individually, and each has more or less the same reply: If the boss doesn't come in on time, why should we?

You expected this response and had an answer ready — the same one you've told yourself when you've been tempted toward tardiness. Worke...(register to read more)

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