I have just recieved word that a problem employee from another group is being placed in my group and will be my direct. Within a week I will officially be the new manager. I am reaching out to the former manager, 2nd level manager, peers, directs, and HR for feedback that will help me integrate the employee into our group.
An upper managerment decision was made to remove the employee from their current organization because of HR complaints the employee filed against the former manager. Also, because the employee was detrimental to their team. The HR complaints are believed to be because the employee has been demanding a promotion for years.
Our group had no need for a new resource. Also, the skill set of the employee and our group's function are completely out of synch. This is tough to say the least. I hate to say it, but the employee could have been sent here to fail. Even worse, one of the employee's main issues was the fact they felt deserving of a promotion. Now, they are in a situation where a promotion will probably be even farther away for them.
I currently have no idea what I will ask them to do, and neither does the employee.
Any advice appreciated. Thank you.