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How do you handle....... Employee Fights?

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Fanaticus, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. Fanaticus

    Fanaticus Member

    Jan 19, 2011
    So, I got two employees who duked it out today. Just got on each others nerves too much. I sent one home to calm down. The other is still working today.

    How would you handle a situation like this?
  2. HDvinyl

    HDvinyl Trump 2020

    Nov 20, 2008
    halfway house.
    You need boxing gloves in the shop.
  3. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    i'da sent both home without pay for the day and written-up.
    Too busy fighting to be gettin' work done, not to mention disrupting other employees on the clock, then why should I pay them for showing up?
  4. TheSnowman

    TheSnowman Major Contributor

    Aug 28, 2007
    I have no employees, probably for reasons like this that make me content being a one man shop, but I'd have sent both of them home for sure. Guys are different than girls, and if they duke it out, they can be calm in the same environment again shortly after, so I'd hope they calm down the next day, but each time it'd be go home and no pay if it were me.
  5. GoodPeopleFlags

    GoodPeopleFlags Very Active Member

    If you want to keep them both, you're going to have to have a sit-down with them and play mediator. Maybe talk to each one individually (on the phone or away from the shop) and then have a meeting with them.
  6. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    You can interact with them or not. That's your call, but I wouldn't.

    I'd sit them both down and tell them, I have no idea what prompted this behavior and I don't care who started it or who finishes it, but while you're both on my time..... the next time anything remotely like this happens you will be left go immediately.

    I pay you to work, not joke around or fight and much less for me to act like Dr Phil.

    This is being written into your folder. So, consider this your only warning. :noway:
  7. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

    Oct 19, 2009
    Fire them both!
  8. SD&F

    SD&F Very Active Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    I agree that I would sit down and tell them you pay them to work, not screw around and
    waste time. I would write them both up so you have documentation should you need it.
    They should have both gone home. If the issues arises again....they are out.
  9. slappy

    slappy Very Active Member

    May 31, 2005
    lock up all the exacto blades and other sharp objects.

    Seriously would have been a different story if your equipment would have gotten involved in the fight or broken, and the idiots getting injured on something on your property......

    Maybe start looking more closely at your employees. Do urine test for drugs if needed. Do background checks before hiring, watch their moods, and talk to your lawyer and insurance guy. You definitely don't need slapped with a negligent hiring or negligent supervision lawsuit.
  10. bernie

    bernie Member

    May 28, 2008
    No. of Seattle
    Yikes ... things like this really do happen at work? I'd be furious and definitely would set some ground rules ... and if it happened again, they would be looking for employment elsewhere. Or minimum, the one that was egging it on would be out the door whether a valued employee or not. One would hate to have a customer walk in when this kind of nonsense was going on.

    Years ago 2 of my brothers did this at one of the brothers home. Being the oldest and the sister, I didn't say a word but walked over and turned the garden hose on full blast ... the fighting stopped immediately. As far as I know, that was the last physical fight they ever got into with each other.

    Maybe you should have a garden hose within easy reach? :)
  11. briankb

    briankb Premium Subscriber

    Jul 7, 2009
    Lake City, Florida
  12. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

    Jun 8, 2004
    first rule of sign shop fight club is you don't talk about sign shop fight club

    second rule of sign shop fight club is...

    seriously a fight that goes beyond yelling usually ends up with all involved fired on the spot.
  13. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

    Mar 25, 2006
    Mars Florida
    I'd kick both of their azzes at the same time!
  14. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

    Feb 14, 2007
    kick both their asses and send them home, tell them to come back when they can act appropriately.

    Seriously you have to sit them both down and tell them that won’t be tolerated but might be a good idea
    To talk to them individually also to get both sides and try and decipher what really happened.
    We have fights at our place occasionally but no violence…YET!
    (there are a couple of guys really starting to **** me off and I would like to kick their asses just to relieve my stress)
    I think when you spend this much time together with a bunch of people eventually there will be fights, no different than being at home
    But you can’t have it so much where it effects the work. If they can’t work together you have to divorce one or both of them.
  15. royster13

    royster13 Very Active Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Montrose BC
    I remember a similar circumstance like this from my insurance adjuster days.....Seems 1 of the employees got fired and the employer got sued and lost big time......Employer relied on 1 employees version of events to fire the other and got sued for wrongful dismissal and defamation......In the end employer was responsible for what his own employee said as well as wrongful dismissal.....

    You might need a lawyer....In any event, make sure you investigate thoroughly and make copious notes....Get statements from any witnesses you can find and if an employee says they did not see anything get a statement saying that so they do not come back later....
  16. tsgstl

    tsgstl Active Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Have a drink off
    Last man standing gets to stay
  17. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    at the very least i send the home for a 4 days without pay.

    why 4 days?? make them come in on friday and make 'em work overtime....
  18. ova

    ova Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    Wheeling, WV
    We have make up sex after work

    It's only me and my wife

  19. xxaxx

    xxaxx Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Glendale, AZ
    Sounds like a good deal Dave ... I would be trying to pick fights most days.
  20. MrSalumi

    MrSalumi Member

    Oct 27, 2012
    Is this a real question? How many times have you heard of employees punching each other and getting to keep their jobs. You pay them to work. If my employees were ever as unprofessional as to engage in fighting at work, I would fire them immediately. Can you imagine the liability you have if you let them stay and they fight again and someone got hurt (or worse)..

    Fire them, hire 2 more adults and move on...

    my 2 cents