My superstar direct went on maternity leave and her replacement is less than stellar. We are 3 months into a 1 year term position & as we are in a very small (less than 1000 pop) town, our options to replace either the star or the newbie are pretty limited.
Here's the basic problem: she doesn't listen to me. If I say "write this letter, show it to me before you print it out so I can approve it" Newbie brings me the letter printed on letterhead, apparently ready for signing.
Or, if I say "do this & check back", I never hear from her unless I go looking for it.
The secondary problem is she doesn't think. We got an e-mail that said our internet service would be disruppted for the day. She told an internal client that our power would be out, thus disrupting the internet service. Duh? Lights are on, therefore, power not cut.
Okay, enough stories. Since I am stuck with this woman, what do I do now? Podcasts, links or feedback would be most appreciated. As I know she is a bad fit, do I spend the time on coaching, 1:1, feedback or make the best of it & try to do damage control?
Thanks so much for any insights.