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Alfredo’s manager described Alfredo as, “a likable, high-performing employee who gets along well with others. He has been with us about eight months.”
The manager continued to say that Alfredo had been traveling a lot lately and the office manager became suspicious of his expense reports. Taxi fares seemed too high and some restaurant tickets included more people than necessary.
The manager confronted Alfredo about his expense reports and he responded, “I probably did inflate some of my expenses a bit. My previous company seemed OK with that. But I know it is wrong. I won’t do it again.”
About thirty percent of participants in my workshops say they would give Alfredo a warning and watch him closely. He is a good producer and a good team member.
But about two thirds say that falsification of records justifies termination. Alfredo did admit his discretion but only after he was caught. This is a character issue. It is probably not the first time and will not likely be the last.
While some managers tend to overlook such practices, especially for high producers, I side with the two-thirds who argue that it is a character issue and grounds for termination.