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Q4 Leadership Tip: How Do You Handle a Team Member Who’s Always Late?

May. 31st, 2019

The Situation

Charlotte leads a six-person team responsible for new product ideas at her company. The team has been meeting regularly for the past two months.

Jim, a team member, has been contributing solid ideas. But he’s developed the bad habit of arriving late. Bringing him up to speed wastes the team’s time, and it’s annoying. Privately, Charlotte has mentioned this to Jim several times, but his behavior hasn’t changed.

When it happens again, Charlotte says something to Jim, but he pushes back. “Come on, Charlotte, I don’t know why you’re busting me on this. I contribute a lot of good ideas to the team!”

Do You Let This Go?

Now, Charlotte feels she’s in a bind. Jim is a top contributor, so maybe she shouldn’t be so concerned. She doesn’t want to damage his enthusiasm. But Jim’s tardiness is hurting team morale.

How can Charlotte handle this situation in a Q4 way?

You Make the Call!

A.  Meet with Jim again, to probe the reason for his tardiness, and talk to find a solution that works for him and the team.

B.  Ignore the situation. Jim is contributing great ideas to the team — and if they don’t like his tardiness, someone will eventually say something.

C.  Tell Jim that his tardiness is hurting the team, and that if he can’t get to the meetings on time, there will be consequences.

Here’s Your Answer!

Vice President of Organizational Consulting Dr. Patricia Bagsby is here with the answer!

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