Dealing with a tardy cow-orker.
September 15, 2005 7:20 AM Subscribe
Help with a perpetually tardy co-worker.
posted by crunchland to Work & Money (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My wife has been frustrated for quite some time with a co-worker who is perpetually late. When her hours were set so she was supposed to arrive at 9am, she'd show up at 10:30. When her hours were changed so she was supposed to come in at 10, she'd show up at 11 or 12. Management inexplicably turns a blind eye to the situation. However, it is affecting the rest of the office, since this woman's tardiness means that her work-product doesn't get done until others who need to process it are getting ready to head out the door, and sometimes end up working late to get their jobs done. Other workers end up pitching in and covering for her. As far as I know, direct confrontation either doesn't work, or has caused so much ill-will that the small office environment can't cope with it. And the woman realizes she is lackadaisical about it, but either can't or won't change her habits.
I suggested to my wife that she and the other people in the office start showing up late, too, and force management's hand to do something about it. But my wife doesn't see that as a useful option, as she doesn't want to jeopardize her standing with management.
So can anyone suggest any novel ways of dealing with this perpetually late pest?