I am supervising a lab lead. I hired this individual to lead our quality lab and for the most part gave the torch and let them run pretty much without any interferrence; all was well until they settled in and became accustomed to what they liked as a 'daily routine'. As this person's time within the role began to develop I began to see areas where they needed to improve as well as my own personal perception about this person's attitude.
During one 1 on 1 meeting I had with this individual I stated that their attitude can come off as bossy and demanding. I expressed that they should think about this. The individual told me that they are very direct and it is who they are. Before leaving for work I stated that a lot of people are direct, but that doesn't make it right. I told them to just think about it.
Later that week during a random visit in the lab I also pointed out other areas that needed improvement; spending less time in the lab and more time in other areas that this individual has a designated role of oversight.
After these conversations the lab lead stated they no longer wanted to be in 1 on 1 conversations with me because I make them feel uncomfortable, like I am picking them apart.
I operated for a lot of their time here without little interferrence and I am now trying to make a platform to direct this person to improvement as it my job to make sure results are made; employees are given the opportunity to know where they could improve, provide avenues for sucesss, provide crticism and praise.
I'm not sure how to rectify this; it is odd/peculiar. I am not sure if it is because this person has never been in a role where they had routine 1 on 1 meetings. I am not sure if this person is a little startled by my new approach of taking charge rather than observing from the sidelines anymore. I am not sure if this person is worried of not being able to be in charge or is fearful of losing the power they thought they had or coming to the realization that I am their supervisor?
Any help and further digging would be helpful