- 4 years ago
- Wedding: January 2013
Im in the Real Estate field and I manage a multi-million dollar investment property that is in the works. Typically this involves contract labor, sub contractors, blueprints and the like.
Usually all employees are contractors and are contracted by the job, however I have one full time employee. To give a little background. I had a full time employee and he went on to another job. So I employed a new person with references. Also we like to hire veterans if possible. Im a veteran and I want to make sure someone else has the opportunity to work after their service is over.
This employee came with glowing recommendations from one of the finest companies in the city I work in. He also came with glowing recommendations from his CO in the Army. So I hired him. He has been here about 3 months. The first month was great. He did everything and was a self starter.
Second month he started slacking and I called him in to talk about it. Was there any problems that I needed to know about? He assured me that there were none with the exception of having a new baby in the home(adorable little girl). I totally understand that, having four children myself. So he explained that the wife is having post partum depression and he was sometimes afraid to leave home because his wife was screaming at the baby.
So I asked if there was any one who could stay with his wife during the day and he said no. Since Im the boss and he only lives across the street from the development I told him it was okay by me to check in on them every little bit. You know run across the street, check to see if everything is okay and then come right back. Five minute trip. He also gets an hour of paid lunch, plus his work hours are flexible. As long as he puts in 40 hours I dont care when he does them.
Well needless to say things have gone down hill. I cant get him to do anything. He is constantly going home. His wife is constantly coming over here and bringing the baby and demanding he leave to go home because she is stressed and on the verge of hurting herself and the baby. I understand its a rough time, but Im running a multi million dollar project. Also two phases of it are complete and we already have people living in the condos. He is required to maintain the grounds, pool area, and clean up trash and make minor repairs.
I cant get him to do any of those. Today he supposedly has food poisoning and cant make it in. He has lost the keys to the maintenance shop, the bobcat(earth mover), the riding lawn mower and he left the shops unlocked and someone stole some equipment.
Last week he was suppose to pass out notices to the current condo owners and he didnt even finish that because his wife showed up with the baby demanding he go home.
Im at wits end. Im going to place an ad for a new maintenane person. I have tried to talk to him. Last week I explained that I needed more effort and he said he would try and now he isnt even here.
The company owners will be here at the end of the week and this property looks like hell. I have even taken to mowing the grass and repairing things because I cant get him to do it. However it isnt my job to be doing maintenance work. I have a property to run.
Okay Im done ranting.