We have an employee who is really unlikeable and has a bad attitude towards work. Let’s just say I’m dealing with a one-of-a-kind jerk. This guy would fall asleep all the time at his cubicle. Last week, I caught him asleep, thrice on three different days! When I woke him up, he threw a fit and was blaming everyone that sat around him. His point of view: it’s too quiet in the office and so he gets a little sleepy. I want to fire him, but he’s a client’s son, who happens to generate around 45% of our overall business.
In many workplaces, employees get fired for sleeping on the job. Personally, I think one shouldn’t fire an employee for a single occurrence. You need to make it clear that sleeping on the job is absolutely unacceptable! Albeit, your only choice in this situation is to make it clear that another occurrence would lead to a disciplinary action. How about two weeks of unpaid vacation? If you still catch this employee sleeping during work hours, in spite of the disciplinary meetings and written warnings, you may fire them. Simple as that!