I have a relatively urgent problem I'm not sure how to handle it at this very moment.
Small (~150 person) company, I work for the CEO, who's not in right now. VP of HR is the entire HR department and is on vacation.
I have an employee who I recently inherited after a promotion that's been out sick for 3 weeks and he's about ready to come back, however, he doesn't want to work with his previous colleague because he claims he harasses him. There is no recorded history of this. And the other person denies it.
The employee wants to be transferred to another department and does not want to "quit" and feels he shouldn't have to because he's being harassed. There are no open positions for him.
The employee also expresses STRONG discontent with the colleague to the point where he utters words including "drive off a cliff", "blow the place up", "at my breaking point", and so on. I doubt he means this seriously but I'm quite concerned. Also, he has been experiencing some difficulties and is very young.
Not sure how urgently to elevate this problem... or where to go with it? Any suggestions?