So if you remember, I was becoming a manager for the first time and sought your advice
. I tried to be laid back, patient with the new employee (who is just out of school) and was a little too lax with her - since it was low-paying, I allowed her to telework, leave early if she needed to, etc.
Well, now it's getting out of hand. She's a little jaded because the pay is low (and the tasks are menial), and she's teleworking more and more and leaving earlier every day. The work was good at first but is getting a little sloppy, and it's coming now with a little bit of grumbling.
I realize it was my fault not to be more disciplined at the beginning. At the same time, I need to be tougher - how do you strike a balance between being supportive and nurturing, while still demanding respect and hard work?
Sigh. Management is hard.