Post # 1
I recently got promoted within my office, which was a big YAY for me and for the people I work with…since part of my new duties includes time off and vacation scheduling, and since the previous person was kind of horrible about it…the whole process was a mess.
BUT…that means I am also tasked with the unpleasant duty of dealing with employees that are…problematic…..which is weird, because until recently, we’ve never had a problem with employees being late, leaving early or…bringing their kids to the office with them…
I feel like such a horrible person for even taking her to task for it..but a lot of our staff members have kids, they’ve never had to bring them into the office because they couldn’t figure out their childcare…this woman has done this three times before.
Today I come in from lunch, and there’s her kid sitting at her desk with her, I pull her aside, because I don’t want to make her child upset and ask what’s going on…she assures me someone is coming to get her in 30 minutes….that was 45 minutes ago….
**Sigh** Looks like I get to be the bad guy today and send them both home.
Post # 3
@Nona99: Is this an office environment that doesn’t mesh well with kids? Is it a policy that no kids are allowed?
We are a very small office of 10 people and every once in a while kids are brought in (dogs too). Considering our work is done via email without client face to face contact it isn’t really an issue. If the child isn’t causing a big scene it is absolutely acceptable where I work.
Post # 4
Personnel issues are the toughest. I recently had to let someone go. It was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my career. But it had to be done, because the employee was a problem and, I hate to say it, as an example to others that crap won’t be tolerated. I would never allow kids in the office here. Dogs, sure. Kids, heck no!
Post # 5
@Treejewel19: …yeah, we have been very clear that children aren’t allowed in our office, we take a lot of phone calls and have clients coming and going all day, so when they come in and see a kid sitting next to our receptionist…not the best impression. PLUS…no kid wants to be stuck in an office all day, you have to be quiet, you can’t play with anything and it sucks….
Post # 6
@Fluffmallow: …she’s been difficult from the get go, she does have medical issues along with being a single mom, so we try as an office to be accomodating and understanding, but its starting to reach a point where its disruptive to the work environment, AND makes the other staff members resentful.
Post # 7
@Nona99: Well if it is a written policy you aren’t the bad guy at all! I would remind them of this office wide policy that you, while understanding of their situation, must uphold.
Sorry, it is a crappy situation to be put in!
Post # 8
@Treejewel19: I went down there to tell them both it was time to go, and lo and behold, the other person had arrived! But her daughter threw a fit because she didn’t want to go with whoever that was…so I’ve got a screaming kid and a crying mother in my lobby…rock on.
Post # 9
Not cool. I mean I feel for parents who have issues with day care, but professional is professional.
Post # 10
@bklynbridetobe: Thats kind of where I’m at with it…AND we have several employees with little kids who have never had to bring them in here.
I’m cool with the “Have lunch with Mommy or Daddy” trip, thats cool and we like little kids…but this is an office and if I was 5…I’d freaking hate it in here…hell, I’m a lot older than that and I don’t like it all that much…its boring.
Post # 11
Yikes that’s tough. If it’s policy not to bring your kids, then don’t bring your kids. It’s really that simple, right?
Post # 12
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@tiffanyscanlan: it’s not always THAT simple. Sometimes stuff comes up, but it definitely shouldn’t have happened three times already.
Post # 13
@mrspinesol: That’s what I was getting at…I probably should have made myself more clear, haha.
Post # 14
@Nona99: Yikes! I just saw your update as well. I feel sort of bad for this woman, but at the same time, you’re right, it’s a work environment and in your case, it seems best if the child is not present. I hope she can work something out that doesn’t create trouble at work .
As for you, I don’t think you’re being a bad person at all, you’ve been patient as much as you possibly could .
Post # 15
Ugh, we have someone who does this all. the. time.
We work for government and it doesn’t look great when you have public servants tending to their children rather than the public.. Fortunately, I am not the person resposible for managing this.. Unfortunately, the person who is responsible isn’t actually doing anything about it..