I don't let my dog get into trouble without immediate consequences; same way with employees. I think the lesson loses some of its validity if not approached and worked out immediately.
The Virtual Office Goddess, LLC
Author: How To Do Your Own Small Business Bookkeeping
Great question Cath! Can't wait to see more of the answers. I agree with Office Goddess. Beating around the bush makes the manager/boss look like they can't handle conflict and therefore the employee will be able to get away with inappropriate behavior.
So often, we as business owners or managers, have to tackle an issue. I'd imagine that very few of us enjoy conflict - we'd much rather ignore it and hope it goes away. But we know that it seldom does. So we have given ourselves a deadline to sit down with the employee or employees and resolve the issue.
Are you a manager who 'beats around the bush' and finally gets to the heart of the matter? Or are you a manager that dives right in and gets going from the start? Which are you? Is your way best in your situation?