This was my first time managing anyone. The job is to hand out flyers with coupons to people in public.
The previous team leads had played the system telling people when they have given away a certain number they are allowed to go home early. This is definitely not what the higher-ups want and we're getting paid by the hour for a full shift.
So today I was the supervisor and people were refusing to work. They would just sit there complaining they were tired, when I wasn't looking probably throw the flyers in the trash, then asked if they could go home. To me going home a bit early may be reasonable, but these people wanted to go home several hours early. The previous team leads had let people go home up to two hours early but today it seemed like they were expecting me to let them go after 3 or 4.
I told my manager this and he said don't try to fix it from my end. So how should I respond when someone asks if they can go home? What I'd like to say is "I'm not forcing you to do anything but if someone asks me if you were working I'm not going to lie". My team was literally telling me to take pictures of them early, and send them to the head office at a later time to make it look like they were working.
I don't mind a little bit of slacking off but it seems like everyone assumes I'm crooked. I was in their position recently, they got rid of the previous team lead and made me the new one.