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Post by Linda on February 17th 2010, 3:20 pm

Hello friends, I am in a pickle, and need advice.
I am Owner/Operator of a Print Shop for 10 years, 1 month and 17 days, not that I am counting. I have 1 part-time employee, Veronica has been with me for 2 years. I have gotten really close to her emotionally, and have always been lenient and chummy.
Lately I have had to put on my "Boss" hat and have taken over keeping track of her time worked, because she wasn't keeping track of time daily as I had frequently asked her to do. Lately, she has really been slacking and making costly mistakes that could have been avoided if the orders were looked over before printing. So far, this month of February, she has only worked 3 days, the rest she has called in with one excuse or another, 2 of days she did not even call in. Is there STUPID printed on my forehead?
I need help in the shop and have re-hired a previous worker to help me on mondays. I still need help the rest of the week. I have a dear friend, her name is also Linda, she unfortunately having to close down her flowershop, and will be available for part-time work. I do not want to ruin our friendship by being the Boss, is it a good idea to hire her? What are your thoughts or feeling about this, anyone???? Linda (-:
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Post by Wind-Dancer on February 17th 2010, 6:59 pm

well i believe a true friend will understand that you are the boss. nothing should have to be said about it.

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Post by Linda on February 17th 2010, 7:34 pm

Thank you Wind-Dancer (-:
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Post by Serenity - Dawn on February 18th 2010, 8:41 am

I agree with Wind Dancer..

Your friend has the knowledge of what it's like to run a business, even though hers is unfortunately closing. That could be an asset for you guys..
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Post by Linda on February 18th 2010, 11:03 am

Thank You Serenity-Dawn, I felt the connection too. My husband does not agree that it is a good idea, so we will just have to convince him (-:
Next Month I am taking a week vacation to discover Southern California with my Father and Brother.
I need Veronica to cover for me for that week, so I cannot let her go, yet.
She called in again this morning, cough, cough, not coming in, blah, blah, blah.
i'll keep you guys informed. Linda (-:
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Post by WhiteShaman on February 18th 2010, 12:17 pm

I never look at the job of being an employer as being a "boss".
I look at it as the one who gives instructions and tasks to do, to the employee.
That way it sounds more like an agreement between the two of you rather than a power structure.
Any right minded person, friend or stranger would honor that agreement joyfully.
I always say.......My only "boss" is my wife! Laughing
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Post by Linda on February 18th 2010, 12:50 pm

Thanks White-Shaman, I have a lot to learn, that is for sure. I do try to say "can you help me with this or that, rather than "do this, do that". I was always on a friendship level with Veronica, and felt she was taking advantage of me, last month while trying to make ends meet, I got a little more outspoken of her work progress and time wasting. I will work on a better work agreement. Thanks again, Happy Day! Linda (-:
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Post by Linda on February 19th 2010, 11:11 am

Thanks you guys for giving me a place to rant and rave and learn.
I worked things out with Veronica this morning. When she called in this morning to say she wasn't coming in, I asked her this question "Are you planning to come back or is this your way of quitting or wanting to be fired?"
She said she did want to come back. I said "Yeaaaaaaaaaaa!" I told her I knew she needs a little more time to get well, and to take Monday off, I had Jessie coming in to help out that day and I would hope to see her Tuesday morning.
(-: Communication was what I had to learn, thanks to all!
As far as my friend Linda is concerned, she is still going to maintain her flower business from home, has a flexible part time job, I will ask her if she can join the team here at the shop, once a week, to learn the ropes about printing, and will be able to help Veronica run the shop while I am on my California adventure, and on days we need extra help, and to fill in when Veronica needs time off. Giving Flowers Linda
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Post by Serenity - Dawn on February 19th 2010, 12:34 pm

Good news Linda!!

I'm glad everything is going to work out for you...
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