I had an employee one time who I bent over backwards to help. His wife had left, custody battle, child support, blah blah blah. He had an ear infection that kept him out of work for 2 wks but the doctors note didnt excuse it. Kept him anyways. He came back to work and his balance was still off some.
I sent him out into the warehouse to get something and he went missing. I spent 2 hrs searching the plant for him. (at the time our warehouse was a mess and i was worreid something fell on him or he had passed out, etc.) I go in the office and theres a message on the phone. Its him, he left that morning when i sent him to the warehouse. The message said "thanks for all you ve done, I got custody of my daughter, I wont be back."
At least be man enough to tell me face to face.
Every employee with the exception of 1, yes 1, that I had the chance to get rid of and didnt, came back to bite me on the hind end.