I have a dilemna at work. About 3 mos. ago, I had to fire our Exec. Chef, due to the fact that he was having a relationship with an hourly employee, and lied to myself and HR about this issue. Since the economy is so terrible, I was not allowed to "fill the position." In the meantime, the manager directly below the Chef, the Sous Chef, has been doing the job with my help. During our review time, I was told to give him a raise that would reflect the fact that he is doing the job w/out the title, etc.
The only way to do this was to give him part of my raise. I feel bad that he is technically doing the job, w/out the pay, etc. But, at the same time, this is his opportunity to prove that he can do the job. He comes in late occasionally, and works the bare minimum of hours per week.
I want to help him succeed, but I believe that his efforts do not reflect what he has said, that he really wants this position. I feel that my hands are tied because I cannot give him the position or the pay, right now, but I also feel that he needs to put forth effort to show me that he can do the job. My question is this: should my expectations of him be lower due to the situation that he is in? This is very frustrating.