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Ten Outdated Rules That Drive Great Employees Away

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

We got a call from Mischa, who worked as a Night Manager for a legal services firm whose employees worked around the clock. Mischa supervised the third-shift team whose members worked from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

“We have a great crew,” said Mischa. “Everyone on our team is a hard worker and a great teammate. Unfortunately, my company’s management mindset is stuck in the 1930s!”

One of Mischa’s teammates, Barbara, left the office for her lunch break and fell asleep in her car. As Mischa pointed out to us, “It is easy to fall asleep by accident at three-thirty in the morning, in the dark.” Mischa went looking for Barbara when Barbara hadn’t returned from her lunch break a half-hour after she was due back from lunch. Mischa found Barbara asleep in her car in the parking lot.

“I would never have gotten Barbara in trouble for that incident,” said Mischa, “because Barbara is an incredible worker and person and because she was about to die of embarrassment when I woke her up. But she clocked in 30 minutes late from lunch and when the day-shift manager found out, she had a fit. She called me at home and told me I had to write Barbara up.”


Mischa stood firm. She got her Director involved and finally they compromised and Mischa stuck a note in Barbara’s file. The note explained what happened when Barbara fell asleep in her car, and saved Barbara from a written warning or probation that would have threatened her job.

“I don’t know whether it’s good news or bad news,” said Mischa, “but I decided today that I have to get a new job. I can’t supervise people under these conditions. You can imagine how hard it is to find amazing people to work the graveyard shift in a white-collar job, but then to treat them like criminals on top of it? Forget it! I’m going to work someplace else.”

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