One of my employees messed up a project, so I counseled him about his mistakes. It was just a constructive coaching session. It was not a discipline or corrective action matter. I was taken by surprise when this employee said one of his problems was feeling underutilized. When I asked what he meant, he said it was hard for him as a “person with a degree in business management” having to report to someone with a liberal arts degree. (That would be me; my major was American History).
I simply told him he would need to deal with those feelings because the bottom line is he needs to meet expectations. I’m curious – what would you have done in my place?
In your place? I would have majored in Political Science or Literature. I simply do not have a good head for dates.
In your place with that employee, I would have told him that it is curious that a smart business major like him managed to mess up the project so completely. As an added bonus, I would have let him know that I will gladly make things easier for him by processing his resignation if he no longer wishes to report to me because it is so hard.
— Evil Skippy
P.S. Watch your back. He probably wants your job.
Your employee sounds like a really pleasant fellow. By “really pleasant”, I mean a jerk. He’s trying to rattle you. Ignore his jabs. Since he obviously thinks his job is beneath him, he’s probably looking for greener pastures anyway. Keep your fingers crossed that your he leaves and your next hire majored in Art Appreciation.
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