The Employee Management Files: Jokesters and Late Comers

Every workplace will have its own unique environment to an extent but, when you get right down to it, most are fundamentally the same. Sure, every industry has different day-to-day tasks and problems they have to deal with, but if you put a bunch of clashing personalities together you’ll get similar employee conflicts and typical drama.

You may be the manager or owner of your company, but that doesn’t mean that you’re free from dealing with these employee issues. In fact, you may have to deal with them even more often now that you’re in a position of power. Every business owner from Alexander F. Bouri to the owner of the pizza shop down the street has had to deal with employee conflict in some form. You can handle the problems properly when they arise by anticipating what may happen. Here are the most common troublesome employees you’ll encounter, and how to deal with them.

The inappropriate “jokester”

You have a pretty clear policy about potentially offensive jokes in the office, but this employee always manages to push the envelope. They look confused when you approach them about an issue another employee is having with their behavior and claim to just be joking around. The employee’s friends may enjoy their quips, but they aren’t for the workplace. Don’t let this person skate by after a warning; after all, if they say the wrong thing and offend someone, you could find yourself in legal trouble – especially if nothing is done to correct the problem. Let them know that their behavior isn’t appropriate for the workplace, and that they’ll either be written up or terminated the next time it happens.

The late comer

Sometimes it’s five minutes; at other times, it can be hours. This employee always seems to be running late, but that’s really their only issue. They may be excellent workers, but if they can’t show up to places on time, they’re just going to cause problems in the future. Lateness can become a chronic problem, and if you keep letting it slide they won’t feel the need to get to work on time. Ask them if something has occurred that has been making them late, and if there’s a way that you could reasonably accommodate them. If not, let them know their constant lateness is a problem and that it needs to be changed unless they want to get a new job.