As I was telling Dr. Awesome last night, sometimes I hate being the boss. I don't know if I should disclaimer this or qualify it or whatever the term is, perhaps justify, but the thing is, I have no problem being the bad guy.
Kids acting up? I'll be the mean one who tells them to go sit in the corner. I know they'll get over it.
Customer being a jerk to you? I'll tell him where to take it. He doesn't know who I am, it's cool.
But, I work with these people everyday. To some extent, the same holds true, no problem being the bad guy since I know that management is generally disliked. It's part of the beast of business. The level below is generally mistrustful or despises the level above. Case in point, there are days when I want to take everyone in the corporate office and throw them out the window. Or onto a metallic surface during a 120 degree day. you know, fairly torturous things.
Right. So, one of the policies in this company, that I disagree with, is no facial piercings. I really do not think that facial piercings take away from your ability to do your job. But, it's the policy. It's like Disney World's policy against facial hair. If you have a beard, goatee, mustache or any hair on your face, you will be asked to shave. Simple as that. That's the job. If you want it, you do it. If you don't want it, you don't do it. Welcome to capitalism. If you aren't gonna do the job, someone else will. Thank you, end of story, good bye.
My bosses have decided that they need to focus on things like uniforms and facial piercings to improve the company. Don't ask. Because of this, my supervisors, and myself, are being watched most of the time. Now, they can't see the piercings of people on the camera, but they can see hats, etc. If they come in, however, and see that people have piercings in their face, the supervisor is going to be written up/sent home and possibly terminated. On the one hand, I think the latter is a bit extreme, but if it's a constant problem I can understand. That person is not performing the most basic function of their position, to make sure that the shift goes smoothly and that everyone is performing within the boundaries of the rules.
I get all of that.
I still disagree with the policy. And because I disagreed with it, I was lax in enforcing it. I agreed with tucked in shirts, no nail polish, khakis/black colored bottoms, etc. Some of it is an appearance issue of neatness and some of it is basic health code.
My biggest problem has been with Z. She has a "dermal anchor", which is a transdermal implant
and that can't be taken out whenever you feel like it. Unlike my nose ring of years past which I could take out whenever I wanted. As long as I had it back in within 8 hours, it would be fine. Sometimes it would hurt a little since it was starting to heal, but it's all good.
I have few other staff with piercings. One is a driver and she takes her rings out before she starts her shift. The other two are the twins. They both have eyebrow rings and one has a nose ring and the other has a labret (also known as a Mao, I LOVE wikipedia). Last night, I asked C to remove her nose ring. She responded that it was healing. Now, when I hired her and her sister (about six months ago) I noticed the facial piercings and I told them the policy and they agreed to it. Fine. I've had jobs in my past where I was unable to wear my nose ring, and I took it out. Simple as that.
I didn't believe the healing nonsense, so I told her that that was fine and all, but she needed to cover it in some way. She can get a plastic retainer, as far as I know they are not very expensive. She got pissed off and asked why another employee got to wear her piercings. Her piercing is not on her face, so it is of no concern to me. Not to mention, this employee offered to cover it up if necessary. I told her not to worry about the other employee's piercing, that wasn't her concern. I needed her to follow the rules because 1) those are the rules and 2) my supervisors' jobs are on the line and I also explained that I didn't agree with the policy but I had to enforce it because that's my job.
She made some other comment regarding the piercing and then proclaimed that she was going to go smoke. I told her instead she should just clock out and go home. I didn't need this. She did. She works tonight (in theory). We'll see if she shows up. Her sister worked this morning, I wonder what kind of conversations went on this morning between her and the supervisor.
It just bothers me. I understand asking why certain rules are the way they are. I welcome criticism of my management style and ways to improve upon my job and making sure that their job is also improved. I don't mean, "You are a meanie head" type criticism, I mean, "Hey, manager, perhaps if we moved this over here things would be more streamlined and perhaps more efficient." or, "Hey, manager, maybe if we had someone on these two days who only do x, y or z perhaps we can improve blah blah blah" or "hey, manager, I think blah blah blah" Constructive criticism. I welcome questions about why things are done a certain way. I think that this helps a growth amongst everyone.
Maybe I'm naive.
Anyways, but, as a boss, if I'm telling you that you need to do something. Then do it. As long as I am not asking you to do anything illegal, immoral, or weird, but within reasons of your job description, then you should just do it. Otherwise, look for another job. Simple as that. So, what's pretty much going to happen is this. Each and every day that these two work will result in their either taking the shit out of their face or they go home. Simple as that. It's firing by passive aggressiveness. I got rid of Dwayne that way, I can get rid of anyone that way.
There is a small amount of feeling bad about this because they both do a good job, but seriously, I don't need this shit right now. I'm already burned out. I don't want to have to deal with a couple of 23 year olds who think that having these piercings makes them completely unique individuals and that they should be able to express themselves in that way. Not while you are at work. Sorry. I don't get to express myself anymore since I have to wear a uniform, guess what, neither do you.