Will try to be as brief as possible, There are two women that do accounting in my company, last night I sat down at one of their computers to do an upgrade and noticed that her skype was open, looking at it I realized that they were talking to each other about me in the most vile terms, statments such as "you
Will try to be as brief as possible, There are two women that do accounting in my company, last night I sat down at one of their computers to do an upgrade and noticed that her skype was open, looking at it I realized that they were talking to each other about me in the most vile terms, statments such as "you know these jews are money hungry" (I'm jewish) and much more which I'd rather not repeat. Now I've always been super generous with raises and bonuses etc seldom that I've criticized them and when I did it was always in the form of suggestion etc. company rules are extremley lax such as no defined lunch hour which they take advantage of, I'll typically add a couple of hours weekly to thier payroll etc etc. Wondering if there is anyone out there that would tolerate such behavior in the interest of not needing to rebuild my accounting from scratch which is a minimum of 3 month training and all the mistakes that would come along with it. Any comments, insights or suggestions would be much appreciated.
The first thing you need to do is to have tech support block any social media sites like Skype, Facebook, etc. Secondly, confront them about it. Let them know that while their thoughts and opinions are their own, they have no right to share them on your time or your dime, and that if they feel unhappy there, they need to talk TO you and not ABOUT you. No one really needs to rule with an iron fist, but sometimes an environment that is too laid back allows for idle time, which can lead to situations like the one you all are in now. Setting some ground rules will still keep the office running smoothly but will also let employees know where you draw the line.
First off, it was inappropriate to discuss it in the workplace. Second, it sounds like theft of company time. Theft should never be tolerated. Third, their inappropriate and insubordinate behavior should not be tolerated either. It was disgraceful. I would fire them both, for theft, inappropriate behavior and insubordination. I would not even question firing them. Knowing how they feel about you and that they talk about you like that between them – who knows who else they talk to. They could be turning other employees against you. Get rid of them both as quickly as you find replacements.
You should have recorded it, or taken a screen shot, and then confronted them and scared the **** out of them. At least that's what I would have done.
I wouldn't say anything to them bout it, but I wouldn't give them pay for extra hours any more either.
People have lost their jobs for less.
Well most people would just fire them right away. However, I would talk to them about it and be up front. You as their boss have every right to look at their stuff especially if it's on a work computer. I would call them into your office (one at a time as not to shame them publically.) and tell them why they're there and tell them what you saw. disipline is necesary but not punishment.