Ask a boss: Calling in sick, going on holidays and resigning

Updated : Sep 01, 2019 in Articles

Ask a boss: Calling in sick, going on holidays and resigning


I usually give people a raise before they
ask for one! Am I, am I being chipper enough? I’m the owner and the boss! I always watch the clock because I get anxious
if my staff doesn’t turn up on time. I always notice if a staff member is arriving
late to work and leaving early. I do clock watch.
I don’t mind a few minutes either way. I’ve had a few staff who add an extra hour. Arriving five minutes late and leaving ten minutes early, that’s 15 minutes that I’m
consistently paying them for that they’re not actually working. Feels as though their coming and going as they please. Please phone. Don’t text. Text messaging is not a good way to do it.
To the employer they feel as though they’ve just been handed a letter saying that you’re
not coming to work today and there’s nothing for them to really follow up on that. I prefer a phone call because then if you claim that you have the flu … And you’re texting me to tell me that you’re sick, part of me is probably going to doubt
whether you’re really sick or not. I want to hear you speak to me in a fluey
voice! Always ring. Don’t text. You should let me know as soon as possible. Talk to your boss straight away.
As soon as you get the idea. Even if you don’t have dates and you just
think you’re gonna have a break, let us know it enables us to plan and see it coming.
And it’s less of a surprise for me. Not when I’m busy … serving customers.
That’s not the time to come and talk to me about you not being happy. If it’s very short notice and it’s a text message …
That’s when I get really frustrated. And disappointed that someone hasn’t had
the common decency to actually speak to me. I think the best way is notice, and just whatever
irritates you, come and speak to me. If you only have to give them two weeks, give
them three or four, it makes a huge difference and doesn’t burn that bridge.

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