I came in this morning after having been offsite yesterday and I saw this on the whiteboard of one of my former employees.
What should I do?
This was posted on his white board in his cubicle which everyone sees as they walk down the hallway. About half the people on our floor must walk past his cubicle to get to the kitchen - it is a highly traveled corridor.
About 7 weeks ago I and a peer were promoted. The comments belong to someone who used to report to me. He is a high achiever (High D, High I) who wanted significant (very significant) time with me. I usually gave it to him - our O3's always ran an hour and there were multiple late afternoons discussing work. Every now and then it was personal, but we tended to shy away from this.
In the last 7 weeks, the employee who made the comments has continued to come to me on project specific issues, but is reporting to one of my peers. Thsi is an arrangement all have agreed to during a 3 month transition period. My peer, (the employees new supervisor) does meet with them weekly, but does not follow the MT agenda. He also prefers to only get into details if it is mutually agreed to be needed.
Although I tend to mostly agree with the individual statements and words - it is obvious he is sending a loud, public message (which is his style).
What should I do?
He does not report to me. I can't go so far as to disagree with what he has written. I am positive people are interpreting this as a derogatory comment toward both my peer and I who (possibly even our boss who has only been in her position 7 months). My emotional response was to receive it as a personal attack.
If he reported to me, I would probably walk by, point to the whiteboard and ask him, "what's this?" I might also, just walk by and silently start reading. Maybe I would ask, "Can we go to my office and discuss the message?" 50/50 chance on if he woudl accept - based on his emotional state of mind.