Personal Finance: Bickering with the boss

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Michelle Singletary
Thursday, December 9, 2010; 1:22 PM

With the unemployment rate hovering just below 10 percent, you would think employees who tended to be uncooperative or unproductive would do their best to behave.

But I hear all the time about workers -- who apparently are not too afraid of getting fired even with the high unemployment rate -- habitually arriving late, taking off early, staying too long on lunch breaks and delivering poor work performances.

Take for example, Redskins football player Albert Haynesworth, who has been making news lately for his refusal to cooperate with his coach - his boss - Mike Shanahan.

I guess Haynesworth can afford to spar with his coach since he's already collected so much of his $100 million contract. The Redskins suspended the defensive lineman without pay for the remainder of the regular season for conduct detrimental to the team, report the Post's Rick Maese and Sally Jenkins.

A report in the Post today lays out some of Shanahan's grievances against Haynesworth.

Giving her take on the matter, sports columnist Jenkins says there is no "managing" Haynesworth.

"He's a daily affront to every dedicated player in the locker room, out to do the least amount of work while collecting the most amount of money. He cheats on his contract and he cheats his teammates. Indolence is written all over him, and so is insubordination," she writes.

There are a lot of unmanageable employees like Haynesworth. Many of you manage employees or work alongside colleagues who wear their insubordination as a badge of honor. I wouldn't want anyone to have to be unemployed, but some people just need to be kicked to the curb to make room for people who need the job and will work hard.

I want to hear from you on this issue. Here's this week's Color of Money Question: What's the worse case of insubordination you've seen in your workplace? Send your responses to colorofmoney@washpost.com and put "Bickering With The Boss" in the subject line.

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