Last week I found an article on the Fire Engineering web site where a situation was posed to how the officer would handle a situation.
In short the situation was that an employee called in sick and had to be replaced to open the doors of the fire station. A short time later you see that very employee unloading some lumber at the lumber store. The article goes on to say that in this instance the employee is violating policy. (The article was very well written and had much more in it than I'm presenting here but I need to move on.) I copied the article and its an attachment you can open.)
How would you handle it? is the question I posed my officers and drivers.
Most of the responses were great. Most of them stated they would approach the employee and inquire as to why he was there.
This was the right thing to do. Depending on what the employee tells you, will ultimately decide how you proceed from there.
I put my response to the officer as an attachment as well.
What was interesting are those who were hesitant to tell me what they'd do. Some said it was too vague. Some went on to tell me how can they be expected to do the right thing when they think the administration of the department doesn't do the right thing. Some stated it was none of their business. Some tried not to respond at all.
So now, my question to you, how would you handle these employee's responses? You can read what I put out to everyone as my official response.
Those who tried to not respond. I force them.
Those who tried to blame administration. I posed the question to them how one relates to the other and made them explain it to me.
To those who said it was none of their business. I sat down with them and showed them how it was indeed their business.
What say you?