I work at a community college and I recently fired a part-time employee who I believe had very poor job etiquette. The employee and I worked very closely together for about 4-6 months. In that time, he had many occassions of asking for time off, asking to come in later 15 minutes before his shift, and was late to work often. He also disreguarded several e-mails from my supervisors in regards to policies and procedures.
I feel like since I worked closely with him, that I failed in correcting his behaviors. Since he was the first employee that I had ever trained for the job I may have been too relaxed and more focused on being a "cool" manager. I did make sure to let him know when he was doing something wrong WITHIN the job, however it was hard for me to bring up things like when he asked 15 minutes before his shift, to come in 4 hours later because he had to run "errands".
Some of his reasons for being late and his tardiness baffled me. I did not know how to bring up these things that I would already expect my employees to know not to do. I think I was ok in correcting any job function related behaviors, but could not find a way to bring up job etiquette matters since to me they were "common sense".
Since I feel like I did not communicate well enough with him, I feel guilty that we fired him. Although I do not believe that he was the correct fit for the job, I want to know how to communicate better as a supervisor in the future.