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is it regular to cancel days off for a resigning worker? — Ask a Supervisor

A reader writes:

I’m a brand new supervisor, although I’ve led particular person contributors on project-based work for a big a part of my profession. My direct supervisor, “Sam,” mentioned one thing puzzling to me final week and I’ve been chewing on all of it weekend.

Considered one of my direct reviews, “Drew,” put of their two-week discover on Monday. We’ve lately had a re-org and so they’d solely been reporting to me for 4 days when discover was given, and their earlier supervisor had permitted PTO for Friday lengthy earlier than the re-org occurred so we solely had 9 of 10 working days to transition their work. As well as, when Drew submitted their two-week discover, the HR workforce determined to shorten that interval by at some point in order that they wouldn’t must course of at some point of payroll for the departing worker within the subsequent payroll interval (Drew will receives a commission for his or her full discover, simply doesn’t must work on their final day). Whereas it’s inconvenient to me and the transition plan to solely have eight out of 10 working days, it’s not the tip of the world and we’re rolling with it.

On Friday, Sam referred to as me and chided me for not cancelling Drew’s PTO and instructed me that everybody at this firm “lacks maturity” and Sam goes to speak to Drew about professionalism subsequent week as a result of they should know “how issues are performed.”

I believe it’s a bitter grapes factor on Sam’s half as a result of it’s gotten out that Drew goes to work as a marketing consultant for our trade, and Sam thinks Drew is a traitor (their precise phrases) for accepting a suggestion from this consultancy group. I disagree that it’s a problem for a number of causes: we don’t have a non-compete settlement, Drew utilized for a publicly posted place, and non-compete clauses are usually not authorized in my state for individuals who make lower than $100,000/12 months anyway.

I assume I’ve three main points with the concept I ought to have cancelled Drew’s PTO as soon as they gave discover:

1. Drew had aircraft tickets and resorts booked for a protracted weekend away. It appears unreasonable to ask them to alter these plans as a result of they submitted their resignation discover.
2. The PTO was submitted and permitted lengthy earlier than Drew put of their discover and lengthy earlier than they had been moved below me. I inherited this PTO approval, I didn’t make it.
3. This may do extra harm than it’s value. Why wouldn’t Drew give up on the spot if I’d cancelled it, which might additional impede efficient transition planning? Wouldn’t this harm my workforce’s belief in me, my management, and my ethics?

Legally, there’s nothing improper with Drew accepting a suggestion from that firm . Morally, I’ve no downside with this transfer and the positions are totally different sufficient that I’m not tremendous involved with mental property points. And even when these issues weren’t true, Drew remains to be within the trade, and their associate and lots of of their buddies nonetheless work for our firm, so it’s not like they wish to watch us burn. They simply wish to transfer on to their subsequent function and I say, let ‘em. I respect their contribution, have actually loved working with them, and want them nicely of their future endeavors. It’s a relationship I intend to keep up and I don’t need my boss to nuke it or torpedo the transition as a result of they’re having a tough time managing harm emotions.

Listed here are the issues I don’t suppose are regular:

1. Rescinding beforehand accepted PTO throughout the resignation interval, notably when flights are concerned.
2. Being upset when an worker accepts one other supply to the purpose of skip stage calling them to chew them out, calling their maturity/professionalism into query, and informing them they’re now not eligible for rehire below the guise of “teaching.”
3. Anticipating that worker to complete out their discover interval after one or each of these conditions happen.

Is this case regular and I want to regulate my expectations round accepting the resignation of a direct report AND that Sam ought to go forward and ship “skilled teaching” to Drew or is my boss being petty?

Sam is being a jerk, and a foul supervisor.

Some employers do a have a coverage that resigning workers can’t use PTO throughout their discover intervals. Sometimes, although, that’s designed for conditions the place somebody desires to offer two weeks discover after which take most or all of these two weeks off, leaving their supervisor with no time to transition their work. It’s not normally utilized to a request for a single break day, particularly one which was already permitted earlier. (It additionally doesn’t usually apply to a scenario the place somebody provides actually beneficiant discover — like a month or extra — and desires to take time without work throughout that interval; if it did, nobody would ever give any additional discover.)

The concept lacking a single day throughout a discover interval one way or the other “lacks maturity” or is unprofessional is ridiculous and overblown. Should you, Drew’s precise supervisor, had considerations about whether or not there can be sufficient time to cowl all of the transition stuff you wanted to cowl, you might possibly handle that, relying on the circumstances; there are some conditions the place it’d make sense to say, “That’s going to chop it actually shut on XYZ, any probability we are able to transfer your final day to the sixth as an alternative of the fifth since we gained’t have you ever for a part of your discover interval?” (These conditions are uncommon, although, and even you then’d must be ready to listen to Drew couldn’t do it.)

However Sam doesn’t sound like they’ve any precise work-related considerations; they’re simply objecting on the precept of all of it.

All of the instincts you wrote about in your letter are right.

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