my employee is staying a long time even though I told her to stop

One reader writes:

I have an hourly employee who is supposed to work from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. She says she stays until about 6 because she wants the traffic to ease off before she goes home. We have told her several times that she has to leave at 5:30 p.m., but we have evidence that sometimes she doesn’t get here until 9 p.m. – she stays here.

I told her that I am obliged to pay her if I know she will be staying after 5:30 p.m. as she has an hourly worker and can claim overtime. Do you have any advice on how to get this person to go home on time?

I answer that question – and four others – today at Inc., where I review letters that were buried here in the archives years ago (and sometimes update / expand my answers to them). You can read it here.

Other questions I answer there today are:

  • My pregnant colleague pukes at her desk every day
  • Colleague uses our guest office as her personal phone booth
  • Maximum number of applicants?
  • When job postings are looking for “energetic” candidates

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