The Eternal Conundrum

Here’s the scenario.

You have an employee who is very good at his/her work, and needs little or no supervision, and is someone you can absolutely trust*. However, this employee has pretty erratic attendance, and there’s always the not-showing-up-at-work dagger hanging over you, which really throws your work out of gear. You pay a very handsome salary, way above the average, to this person. The attendance problem is now a given; innumerable warnings and threats appear to have had no effect.

You have another employee, a junior, who is just acceptable at work, does need supervision, and you haven’t yet built up that trust with him/her. The only things going in his/her favour are regular, on-the-dot attendance, and a cheerful attitude towards the extra work dumped on him/her. The salary is within reason.

In such a situation, would you fire the first employee and promote the junior? Would you work around the risks posed by the first employee? If so, how? Or would you just grin and bear it?

What would You do?

[* I can understand if you object on this statement, considering the untrustworthy attendance, but you can read it as “someone you can absolutely trust whenever they come to work :D”]

2 thoughts on “The Eternal Conundrum

  1. I actually chose the second over the first, because I hate uncertainty. It was a good decision, because the second one turned out to be more trustworthy than the first, though her work is definitely not as good as the first. But that I can live with. And I am talking about household helps.

  2. Shruthi, I too used to tend to the same conclusion earlier, but am now having second thoughts about the whole thing. I now feel option 2 is a better one, because you don’t lose out on talent. I guess it’s really a tough choice to make, and so much is dependent on how much risk you can really take.

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