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Old 01-09-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
 
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Default I fired an intern. On my birthday. Or maybe not? Awkward awkward awkward...

As I'm typing, I'm sitting on my desk with my (possibly former) intern sitting next by. I dismissed her earlier today because she basically disappeared for two whole days without giving us any warning, this after a two week vacation she gave herself after only 3 weeks on the job which she only told me about less than a week prior.

So she turned up just now with watery eyes beggging for her internship. Since my boss had already given the final word, I asked that she wait for her to arrive from lunch, which should be any minute now.

She showed me her plane ticket. There was a delay and she only got back from her trip to the States this morning. Apparently she had warned our other intern (don't get me started on him), but he forgot to say anything to us.

If it was up to me, I'd give her the 2nd chance. I think this is a rookie error and believe she realizes she erred. But I'm a softie. It's no longer in my hands though.

Oh and did I mention it's my birthday?
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I wouldn't take her back. All that missed time? Telling another intern as opposed to calling in? No. Crying in tears? Hell no. Next she'll have Mommy calling you.

Besides, it's not her birthday.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:21 AM   #3
 
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Yeah, I'd be inclined to not be sympathetic. She is a grown woman, she should know that calling another intern isn't cutting it when you need to inform people of your extended absence. If that long absence wasn't mentioned when she started, she should have been let go when she sprung it up within a week of leaving.

In important news: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Stop worrying about it and enjoy your day!
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Besides, it's not her birthday.
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Background story. She and her family, including extended family, take a trip to the US every two years. She joined us recently and the trip, which had already been purchased and everything, had slipped her mind.

Even my friend/work colleague, who thinks I'm a softie,and has little tolerance for these missteps, thinks she deserves a second chance.

I'm disappointed because I hired her thiking she seemed responsible and mature. I wish it had been our other intern doing this, because he's been skating on thin ice for some time. But her?
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If she comes back, she knows she'll be able to get away with this kind of behavior again if she pleads and turns on the waterworks. May as well learn sooner rather than later about what is appropriate and responsible workplace behavior.

We had a guy get fired recently because he left in the middle of his shift without telling anyone because he felt sick. Just left!

His *mother* called about it because it wasn't fair to fire her previous baby for being sick. Uh, no. He was fired for just leaving without telling anyone.
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I doubt it slipped her mind.

If my family and I were going on a trip when I was trying to get an internship, my family would make sure to remind me to tell my work that I was leaving so that I can learn to be responsible while I'm trying to get the position, not a week before.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:42 AM   #7
 
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I'm a softie, too. I'd read her the riot act and giver her a second chance.

Happy bday.
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My boss is back but busy. The intern is still sitting in her spot. You could cut the tension with a knife.
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And thank you for the b-day wishes!
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That sucks, I would've given another chance too and a stern warning. It does seem like a rookie mistake and not pure carelessness.
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I'd give her another chance, but put her on "probation" for a while. And I'd make sure she's aware that 1) Her vacation plans should have been disclosed when accepting the job. You could have "fired" her for going on the vacation within a few months of being hired simply because she did not arrange it as she accepted the job offer, and 2) there is NO excuse that she did not call and/or email the office with the delayed return. That is unacceptable. There is virtually no where left in the world that doesn't have communication abilities.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:03 AM   #12
 
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So my boss said no. Oh well.

I do feel sorry for her, but what can you do?
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Not much. Hopefully, she'll learn from this.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:10 AM   #14
 
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how much longer is her internship? is she a college or graduate school intern? would a successful internship lead to a possible job offer?

to me anyone qualified to have an internship in this economy/environment should know the basics of such a thing. she seems like she doesn't really take the internship seriously. i'd be inclined to let her go but then i don't know all the specifics of the internship? i assume it's paid, relevant to her studies etc. i just can't see screwing off an important job opportunity these days.
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So my boss said no. Oh well.

I do feel sorry for her, but what can you do?
your boss said no she can't stay? so she's out of there?
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:14 AM   #16
 
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She's in her first semester at college. The internship pays a minimum wage.

Her family seems to be well off. I don't think the money is a problem. And the economic recession didn't hit our country so roughly. But she should have been smarter. Having in her resumé that she worked here would carry some considerable weight, I think.
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Costly life lesson. Oh well, it's out of your hands now.
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Happy Birthday....

Don't let this situation get you down. It's tough out there and it's best she learn this lesson now. You tried for her, but it was out of your hands. Enjoy your day.
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Happy Birthday!!!

I guess she will know better for next time. if she could get in contact with the other intern, why couldnt she get in contact with you?
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So far as I'm concerned, your boss did the right thing.

But I'm not much of a softie. She needed to learn that waterworks get her nowhere.
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