One person has taken to Reddit with a workplace problem: Is it fair to fire an employee because of their chronic tardiness? Less than 24 hours later, the online community has spoken out, and to an overwhelming extent, they have expressed their support for the anonymous boss. Post, Reddit’s “Am the A**hole” (AITA) forum, has received significant levels of engagement, with over 10,000 upvotes and 1,100 comments at the time of writing.
The situation is a familiar one—for anyone who travels, the occasional instance of latency is sometimes unavoidable. According to Business News Daily, a 2017 survey showed that 29 percent of American workers delay work at least once per month. And while relatively common, being constantly late can be a major issue for many employers. More than 40 percent of employers have fired someone for repeated retardation, making it the most common of all causes of termination.
As the anonymous Redditor—known simply as u/All_Sewn_Up_545—explained in his post, an employee he manages is “always” five to 25 minutes late to work. He said that “generally speaking, [it’s] no big deal” when employees are late, so that”[let] This slide.”
“These people work on call, so even the most hardworking people are sometimes [five to ten] Minutes late,” he said, noting that most would call and give them heads up.
However, when he noticed that this particular employee was exhibiting a “pattern” of latency, he decided to intervene. The Redditor reportedly told her: “If you’re going to be late, I need to call you. Just let me know, that way I can plan around it.”
The next time the employee was supposed to go on duty, he arrived “25 minutes late” with “no call”.
“I find him … and let him go” [know] That he is getting a ‘formal reprimand’ and a 10-day suspension the next time he is late. [That’s] standard procedure,” the Redditor explained. “He tells me he’s sorry, and that [won’t] Then the incident.”
From here the controversy escalated. “Two days later my HR director called me and said that a complaint was filed against me [harassment], “he wrote. “The boy was claiming that it was [first] time he was ever late, and it was less than [six] minutes.” The complaint also alleged that the Redditor “[allows] Everyone else be late.” After explaining the situation, the HR rep continued to doubt the Redditor and asked him to withdraw his formal reprimand.
Feeling “upset”, the unnamed boss “began digging through records and security footage from the past 30 days.” He explained: “I get emails where I have documented conversations, and [five] His instances are showing 30+ minutes late. I collect it all and send it to HR.”
In response, HR reinstated the formal reprimand, but Redditors wanted to take things a step further. They Decided to “Go Later” [the employee] for dishonesty and disobedience” – both are incendiary offenses.
“Therefore, unless I withdraw those claims against him in the next [seven] day he’ll be fired,” the Redditor concluded. “I’m safe in my judgment, but [I’ve] Heard some other people whispering about my being ‘harda**’.”
Despite the Redditor’s uncertainty, readers immediately offered their support to her. “Instead of punishing, he tried to reprimand you,” wrote u/holy_roman_emperor.
echoed u/hello_friendss: “The chronic latency will exhaust you in most places.”
“What if I was managing employees and one showed up that they would go out of their way to lie to my bosses and try to get me into trouble because they wanted to avoid a simple reprimand?” asked u/scpdavis. “This is serious and that employee will be gone immediately.”
Others noted that Redditors gave their employee “a lot of leeway,” simply asking her to call and warn her when she was running late.
However, a handful of commentators were not so quick to agree. Many have pointed out that with conditions like ADHD, “time blindness” can lead to problems with time management that are not so easily controlled.
u/Responsible_Point_91 wrote, “For those of us with ADHD who can’t manage time… Punctuality is a battle I fight and lose.” But even at that point it had dissatisfaction: “I have ADHD and I show up to work 10-20 minutes early every day. I wake up early so I can make it through… that’s a responsible adult,” Yu / marovo 14 commented .
Furthermore, there is no indication in the post that the employee in question is suffering from ADHD or a similar condition.
newsweek Contacted u/All_Sewn_Up_545 for comment.