I am a fairly new manager here, 6 months. I have the unlucky position of being hired to manage a team where the previous manager was demoted. I now manager him with his previous directs. Bare with. We only have 10 employees. There was no where to transfer him.
He has been something of a nightmare to work with:
- disappears from the office right before our 1:1 each week.
- Misses all his deadlines when *I* assign them
- And once screamed at me and told me he didn't respect me because I wasn't technically skilled. That's true. He is a seismic processor. I am many things, but none of them have anything to do with seismic.
In our last 1:1 he asked me for a raise. That same week in a staff meeting when asked to follow up on a sales request, he told me that was a stupid idea. So the owner told me he wouldn't be getting a raise until he started showing some respect towards management. Over the weekend I reviewed the feedback podcasts so I could start there. I just started 1:1 in November so I hadn't added feedback in just yet.
In today's staff meeting I shared some new directions from the owner. Right there in the meeting he tells me he won't do it for various reasons. I told him this was the directive. I would look into his concerns, but he still had expectations. He didn't drop it, so I tried to punt the topic. I said it was appropriate the debate the issue right there in the meeting. He stood up, left, came back 10 minutes later. He popped his head in the door and said he resigned.
Of course our owner is right now on a plane for a ski vacation with his wife. I'm at a loss. What should I do here? The employee gave me a formal letter after the meeting. What is the normal plan in these events? I am equally relieved and anxious.