I'm looking for advice and feedback.
I have a direct who has trouble getting basic tasks done on time and for whom larger tasks always seem a bit out of control.
Last Friday, my outfit's IT head revealed that my direct has been web surfing 30 - 40 hours per month in the office (art sites and personal e-mail). I confronted my direct about this behavior and he said that it was an important stress relief for him.
I suggested that it was counter productive given his difficulties getting things done and that he should consider more effective approaches to stress control (I'm sure the guilt of this one adds stress rather than subtracts it.)
He said that he would stop -- and now that he knows he is monitored -- I believe him.
It *HAS* been a very stressful 6 months. But he has not been forthright with me about his concerns.
If it weren't for the economy (hard for him to get another job, hard to get approval to make a replacement hire) - I would get rid of him right now. Any suggestions?