Ask Our Experts: I Think an Employee is Lying to Me, Should I Fire Her?
Each week, we ask our experts to answer a career question on behalf of our readers. This week's question is about an employee's questionable absence:
"I manage a medium sized company and I had an incident recently. An employee took off without informing me. On third day of absence, I contacted her and she told me her mom passed away and that funeral will be in 2 weeks time. "I sympathized with her, but then I got info that a close family friend of hers had no knowledge of her mom passing away (and he lives few doors away!). I asked her for details of funeral, as company wanted to send a wreathe and some of employees wanted to attend, but she had all sorts of excuses and kept stalling. "Now, after 2 weeks, she just came back. I realize it's a sensitive matter, and want to handle it accordingly and in the right way. Might I also add that she has a habit of taking off regularly. I would really appreciate some advice; I'm new in manager position." - SHere's what our approved career experts had to say: