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    employee leaves me baffled

    I have had many employees over the years and once in a while you get people that just don't quit well. I have had some strange excuses but i really can't figure this one out.

    I took a job out of town and had to hire some local help. Hired one guy who worked hard and had some knowledge but his quality of work suffered to say the least. I tried to teach him my way of doing things but i could tell by his attitude he was just putting in time. I made him redo his uglier work which he didn't like. Had to tell him several times to set up better to be more efficient. Other than that there was no tension between us and got along fine.

    After a weekend home i came back to the site to about a foot of snow. He called in sick and said he would be in the next day. Never heard from him for 2 weeks. His girlfriend texts me to tell me that his mom had a major stoke and he was in Vancouver . Another 2 weeks pass and he emails me some work info for taxes and says she needs full time help and needs to be with her.

    He comes to my house to get his final cheque and of course i ask how she is and he says it doesn't look good and he was hoping she would get some of her motor skills back. This of course is the short version of all this. The story was much longer.

    Last weekend my a current worker had some stuff of his to drop off to him and he decided to spend an evening with him. He asks how his mom is and this guy confesses that none of this ever happened.

    I don't get it. Just quit and tell the truth! !

    I can't for the life of me understand why the need to make any of this up.
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    I do.

    Somewhere down the road he'll need a reference. It's a much better situation for him to tell a future employer that he left because his mother needed 24/7 care and have you backing up the story than for you to tell the future employer that he up and quit out of the blue after you had he redo some shoddy work.

    I don't condone it, but there it is.
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    Not sure what I'll do if he does ask for a reference. I do know if he wants hours for his trade ticket I won't give him any just based on his skill alone.

    The funny thing about this ordeal is I was going to lay him off soon after this. I would have given him some notice but i didn't really want him doing the jobs that were coming up.

    I guess the guilt of lying to my other employee got to him.

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