Good afternoon. I have an interesting problem. I have a good employee who won't sign his review based on one or two areas that need improvement. I dont' want this to turn into a personell issue (e.g. sign it or your fired) but I also don't feel ethical in backing down from what I (and my boss) consider a fair evaluation. Any advice or insight in this would be greatly appreciated.
Backstory (for those who are still reading ;-):
One of my employees was promoted a little prematurely (I say this because it was thought that he might leave the company if he wasn't promoted). I was against it on general principles (and the MT promotion rule) but was overruled, partially because I was still new in the role/company. Long story short, an engineer was promoted to a higher level role that requires more in the way of communcations, design review quality, leadership, etc. but excelling at others (technical ability, innovation etc.) When I did the evaluation, I found him lacking in a few of the 'softer areas'. My boss (the VP and the former director of my team) agreed with my evaluation. Upon delivery, the employee took issue with the 'needs improvement' portion of the review and said that he wanted to talk to my boss (his old boss). Four weeks have went by and still no signature. I'm struggling with the balance of trying to not overly 'pinch' the relationship but also remain firm.