I made a post a few months ago about "managing Eeyore." The recap is we have a person on staff that has high skills and one of the worst attitudes and sets of behavior I've ever seen in a workplace.
Well, this week came the breaking point for me. In a meeting he exhibited behavior that showed he should never again be allowed in a meeting at this company again. "Unprofessional" hardly begins to cover it. On this, his manager and I agree.
However, his manager's decision on how to handle this is simply to not invite him to meetings anymore. (It was my meeting and to be blunt, I didn't invite the guy. The manager asked him along for his input.) I assured him that wouldn't be an issue with me since I never wanted to lay eyes on this guy again. The manager's reaction to that statement: smile, shrug and walk away.
An hour later, the Director of that organization called me in to his office to ask me how I wanted to handle the situtation for my project (I'm the Project Manager on a high-profile application development project.) My response was the following: "[i]Name[/i] is the best DBA we have, without a doubt. And if I were his manager yesterday I would have spent all day today making sure he was unemployed tomorrow. I don't care if I have to fall back on my own limited and 10 year-old DBA skills, my project won't have him on the team in any capacity whatsoever from this point on."
When asked if perhaps I wasn't being too harsh, I assured him that these were the most professional and calm comments I had on the subject. He got the point, assigned another DBA to my project and I moved on. I have documented the behavior exhibited and my concerns in an email to all managers invovled and to my files.
In all honesty, I feel I've done all I can do about the situation. I've protected my team and my project. I've let the powers that be know what happened and how I feel. I have not gone to HR because we are being sold and HR is hip deep in dealing with that and I know nothing will be accomplished via that route for at least 3 months. His manager is not only aware of the situation but is a witness. All those with the authority to take further action are keenly aware of the situation. In fact, they know it better than I since they all predate me at the company by at least 2 years. But still, here I am wondering if anyone has any ideas about anything else I can or should do.