Inspired by this thread I started thinking about all the employee conflicts I’ve been involved in or been witness to in the past. For some background, I’ve worked in retail / service industry as well as the corporate sector, and I currently work in politics (no jokes, please!). I came to the realization that as an employer, the workers I had the biggest problems with were those who felt entitled to something they honestly weren’t owed. Case in point:
Most of my employees at the time were college kids. I dealt with (on more than one occaision) employees who felt that if they asked to leave early because they didn’t study for a test, I was being unreasonable if I didn’t let them.
Personal calls were also an issue. Employees seemed to think they had a right to come in to work, clock in, and then spend two hours on the phone trying to register for classes while on the clock. I mean, you’d think I’d suddenly sprouted horns when I told them they had to clock out for personal calls (non-emergency) and that I wouldn’t let them clock out until they went on break! I mean, I must be the antichrist in disguise, really!
There was also one guy who cursed at me and walked out on a shift because I got on to him for having his girlfriend come behind the counter to visit him while he was on the clock. (Friends visiting is a no-no, anyone other than employees behind the counter is a no-no, and I’d had to talk to him numerous times about this before)
Now, it’s not that I wasn’t receptive to the needs of college students. Most of my employees were older than I was, but even in the corporate sector I’m finding the same type of behavior.
My question is how do people justify this kind of behavior? I mean, I’m sure my examples aren’t the most extreme I’ve come across, just the ones that stick out in my mind at the moment, but since when are employers required to accomodate your social life?