When I gave one of my employees his annual evaluation recently, he refused to sign it. He said that I am setting him up to fail and he won’t consent to what I am doing. I told him several times during the evaluation that his signature just means he got the review. I have also asked him repeatedly over the last week to sign. He still refuses. I am at my wit’s end. What should I do next?
Kidnap his child/spouse/pet/other loved one and hold him/her/it captive until Mr. Stubborn cooperates. Either that or hold your breath until you turn blue and pass out. These methods might not work, but at least you won’t keep wasting your time saying the same thing over and over.
When you regain consciousness, find a position that does not involve supervision. If this situation put you at your “wit’s end”, you are either short on wit or supervision is not your thing.
— Evil Skippy
Your problem is a common one. In this situation, I advise supervisors to explain the meaning of the signature (as you did) and, if the employee still refuses to sign, write “Employee received evaluation on DATE but refuses to sign.”
Another nifty option is to say, “All right. I don’t intend to force you to sign, so just write ‘I refuse to sign’ where your signature would have gone.” Nine times out of ten, the employee will do it. After they do, say “Don’t sign, but just initial what you wrote so no one will think it was me.”
Whatever option you use, document what happened and be sure to write a lot about it in the next evaluation – if the employee lasts that long. It sounds as though he is a big baby. If you’re lucky, perhaps he will find a new day care – I mean job – or continue his baby behavior until someone using decent supervision skills (it might even be you!) imposes progressive discipline to the point of terminating the fellow if he does not start acting like an adult.