Cheating Your Employer out of Time

United States
March 4, 2017 5:27am CST
This week has been crazy and a bit tiring for me both physically and mentally. I have had to see clients who are normally not on my schedule because of one thing or another. Now normally I don't mind doing this, but it makes the workday longer. The other problem is that you have to listen to people's complaints about their normal worker. One such complaint troubled me. The client said she often didn't want to have the worker stay for their entire 2 hour visit because she was tired and needed to rest. So she would send them home early. Then she said she told them just to clock out after their normal shift. Now I am not truly certain that the worker has done that, but I now have to report it because it is a complaint of sorts that was brought upon me by the client. At our last staff meeting it was told to us that when a client complains about something we are to report it even if the client tells us not to. So, on Monday I have to go into the office to fill out a report to give to our supervisor. Hopefully the coworker in question will not know it is me that reported it. However, being such a small agency I don't know how they will keep it quiet that I was the one. Oh well, do your job right and you won't have any worries. Off to start my weekend shift. I work 9 hours today and 6 tomorrow. My next day off will be next weekend. I already am feeling fatigued so this will be a long week. Hope you all have a great weekend!
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@Juliaacv (35249)
• Canada
4 Mar 17
On top of the stress of working a lot of hours it sounds like there are a lot of politics involved with this job. I hope that things settle down and people start to do their jobs correctly so that there are less complaints and you won't be caught in the middle like this. Have a great day today!
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• United States
4 Mar 17
Thank you Julia. It does cause a lot of stress when you hear of things like this. You don't want to think your coworker is cheating the company out of money, but you still have to report it. I am sure they will have to check their time records and see what she has been clocking.
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@Juliaacv (35249)
• Canada
4 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly Well it is low, but things need to be investigated. Maybe they will have just cause to let that person go-work avoidance.
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• United States
4 Mar 17
@Juliaacv the client voiced other complaints as well. As per stated by our supervisor, all complaints need to be noted.
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@Corbin5 (122985)
• United States
4 Mar 17
That is a tough call. It seems that the client should be the one to report her concerns, not another employee. Hope this works out well for all concerned.
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• United States
4 Mar 17
The supervisor said that even if the client doesn't submit a formal complaint, we need to document the complaint. That way they are aware of the problem ahead of time.
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@Corbin5 (122985)
• United States
4 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly That makes sense. I can see where some clients would not submit a formal complaint, and an employee should do so. Otherwise, the complaint would go unheeded.
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• United States
5 Mar 17
@Corbin5 I have reported other employees for things. One of them figured out who turned them in and she gave me the cold shoulder for a long time. Oh well, no great loss there. My clients care and privacy was more important.
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@fishtiger58 (30317)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Mar 17
That sounds like a sticky situation. Why doesn't the client do the reporting?
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• United States
4 Mar 17
Many only voice their complaints to other employees. I have heard my fair share of them. They will end the conversation with "I don't want anyone to get into trouble."
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@fishtiger58 (30317)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly I'm sure you have heard many complaints
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• United States
6 Mar 17
@fishtiger58 I have heard my fair share of them. Now they want us to report them so they can keep a record.
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@DianneN (92080)
• United States
6 Mar 17
It's a tough decision to make, but I would put it in perspective. Would I want that worker dealing with my loved one?
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• United States
6 Mar 17
I definitely wouldn't want her to care for anybody I loved.
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@DianneN (92080)
• United States
6 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly Well, there's your answer. When I supervised student teachers, I asked my self if I would want them to be teaching my kids. Got my answer in seconds.
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• United States
12 Mar 17
@DianneN the employee was called on the mat for multiple reasons. I didn't have to say a word. Not sure what has happened to her since then.
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@JudyEv (141600)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
I hope this goes well. It's all very well saying do your job right etc but things have a habit of going pear-shaped sometimes.
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• United States
4 Mar 17
Sadly, I have heard other things about this one particular employee and they aren't great. This one floored me and I wasn't happy hearing it.
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@JudyEv (141600)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly Well, if it's not the first time or the only indiscretion then it is even more okay to feel justified in reporting it.
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• United States
5 Mar 17
@JudyEv it still leaves me with an unsettled feeling. I just don't understand why she would have put herself in that kind of predicament in the first place.
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@celticeagle (121073)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Mar 17
Doing the job right is important and if they aren't they need to be reported. Hope your week isn't too bad.
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• United States
5 Mar 17
I am hoping that it goes smoothly. Not sure what my schedule will be due to one of my long-term clients being in a nursing home still. I visited her recently and told her to get herself better and get home. She smiled and said she can't wait to get home and to have my good cooking.
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@celticeagle (121073)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly ......Sounds like you have some good ones and they adore you.
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• United States
6 Mar 17
@celticeagle I have some great clients. Some are more challenging than others and I have to remind myself that there is a reason for everything. They have no control over whatever is going on in their lives so they try to control what is possible. I fall in the middle of it. LOL.
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@LadyDuck (188556)
• Switzerland
4 Mar 17
Oh my, it is stressful to have to fill those report. I agree with you, being a small agency I do not know how they will stay "private".
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• United States
4 Mar 17
I am sure that if she is called on the mat about it, she will ask the client if she said anything and then the client will tell her who she told. But, my hands are tied. If they did their job the way they are expected to do it, this wouldn't be an issue.
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@LadyDuck (188556)
• Switzerland
5 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly I understand very well your position.
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• United States
5 Mar 17
@LadyDuck it seems that the only people that are more responsible are the full-time employees that have been with the company for a long time.
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
6 Mar 17
was it a complaint? I mean, if the lady told the person to do that, that was her request, not the employees, I would have no idea what to do, to be honest.
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• United States
6 Mar 17
She then went on to complain about how she never stays her full time even when the client is up to doing more.
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly ok, now that totally is a complaint, and unethical
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@Gillygirl (17623)
• Sutton, England
4 Mar 17
It seems unfair that you should be caught in the middle like this. I hope your day is better today.
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• United States
4 Mar 17
My third client wasn't home and the next client took an earlier visit. So, I got home earlier today. Nice to be able to sit and relax for a few minutes.
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@Gillygirl (17623)
• Sutton, England
4 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly It is good you can have some relaxation.
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
15 Mar 17
This would be a hard task at hand. Especially if this is someone you like or find out by reporting something like this they are let go and this even puts more of a strain on the workers that are left. But at the same time, this is not right and cheating and costing the company more money as well.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
I believe that another employer told her that she could get in some major trouble for doing that and it was resolved. I didn't have to report it and that was a relief.
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Mar 17
Im having a great weekend but I feel for y0u as it cannot be fun to report a fellow worker because a client complained but its your' jor so you have to do it.good luck
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• United States
6 Mar 17
Yes, our supervisor said that we must report complaints now. Not something I will enjoy doing, but it is necessary.
@1creekgirl (13046)
• United States
4 Mar 17
At my last part-time job, I had a co-worker who drove me crazy. He was always late, stood around talking and only did his job maybe two hours out of six. We didn't have supervision, so no one knew what he was doing. I didn't report him, but he will answer for it one day.
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• United States
4 Mar 17
I have reported other co-workers for not doing their job. Why should it all fall on another person's shoulders. It is a team effort.
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• Philippines
4 Mar 17
You are right when you said do your job right and have no worries. Even if other people will think wrongly of you for doing your job right at least you will have no worries deep within your heart.
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• United States
4 Mar 17
We were all told that we must now report complaints to the supervisor. They must be submitted in written form. It is a part of our duties.
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