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Question :

I got warning letter as late to the office many times last month. I only late 10-15min each time but seem so serious to get warning for something so small and calculate this. What about all the OT I do? That is not count!! So unfair!!!

Will this hurt my job prospects? Should I quit before I get another letter and fire? Also will future bosses know about this letter? I'm so upset!!!

Posted by Elisa on Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013

Comments :

Chew MY

Posted Wednesday 16th October 2013 06:14:00 AM


The employer seems to be bias by emphasizing on punctuality as the reason for giving the warning. They should have taken into consideration of the quality you have contributed in your work and not finding fault by disciplining. The employer has forgotten this is not a school but a working place filled with adult workforce diversity. There should be mutual respect between employer and employee. Although the current marketplace might favours the employer more due to many job seekers. If the employer is sincere in helping an employee, there should be a cordial discussion rather than handing out a harsh punishment which is rather demotivating to the employee. Well if the employer decides to fire someone, they better follow the procedure as there is law to protect the employee from employer abuse.

Fraser Douglas - Career Doctor

Posted Saturday 12th October 2013 01:34:00 AM


Dear Elisa, Thank you for your question; I realise that getting a warning letter can be a very emotional experience, but it can also be a good time to step back and make an honest appraisal of your performance. If an employer is taking the time to send you a warning letter (whether it is regarding time keeping or any other issue), it is because they want to help you to improve and to underline the importance of the matter. Ultimately, your employer does pay you and it is reasonable for them to have certain expectations regarding timekeeping and your performance of your daily duties. You mention that you have been late 'many times' over the last month. Is there any specific reason for this? Why are you struggling to get to work on time? Are there problems with transport or do you have commitments before work which make it difficult to get in on time? If there are legitimate reasons for your lateness, I suggest you discuss them with your manager and try to come to an agreement as to how to make things work better for both parties. Maybe your standard working day could start later and finish later; this might make things easier and clearer for both sides. It is important to manage our work relationships, this includes communicating effectively and managing expectations as to what we can and can't deliver. It might also be worthwhile reminding people that you work a lot of overtime and that this should be taken into consideration. Future bosses will not (in my opinion) know about the warning letter but they will take a reference from your previous employer so it is important that you manage this situation effectively and amicably so that any reference given is a positive one. You mention quitting before you are fired, do you enjoy the job? If you do, it seems a bit extreme to quit rather than addressing the issue and making sure you are in at the time expected. I am sure that it is possible to resolve this issue by speaking honestly with your manager and agreeing what the expectations of your duties are and then it is up to you to deliver. Good luck!

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