I have started a small software company with one new hire and a remote worker that is supposed to grow over the next few months.
Right now, it’s only two of us in the office and I know that sitting opposite your boss all day must be intense. We get along really well, and in the past month he’s worked hard to get through a build we thought would take us months longer.
He’s worked after hours, worked at home, worked on weekends and he’s made suggestions for new features he’s wanted to add as a surprise. He’s a good guy.
The only issue I have is that lately, since the work doesn’t have the same tinge of urgency as it did before — and since he’s done a lot of the major stuff already — within four weeks of working here is on Facebook.
I would say he’s on Facebook for easily half the day. He gets through everything he needs to quickly, but then doesn’t hand in the work (delays it by a few hours) so he can spend time on Facebook and make it seem like he’s working through that time.
I can see that he’s talking to his girlfriend who moved over for the job with him, but doesn’t have a job yet. He’s a young guy and I’m guessing he wants to keep her happy.
I could have maybe looked past it, but the other day we bought a temp worker into the office and he was doing this in full view of a new employee. He works hard out of hours but not everyone can see this, and I don’t want this to become the norm for everyone else.
And, I can’t help but also think that I’m paying him for his hours at work — but this seems a hugely unfair line of thought given the fact that he puts in work out of hours too.
How should I best handle this situation, if at all? The last thing I want to do is demotivate and demoralize.