The original poster (OP) had an issue with an employee at work and is wondering if she handled the situation poorly.
She is the VP of Sales
OP is the VP and the employee is a sales development representative who she manages.
His Parents Passed Away
The sales rep’s parents passed away suddenly in a car crash.
He’s a New Graduate
He’s only 22 years-old and has been with the company for ten months.
He’s Good at His Job
OP says he’s a great employee and the company was thinking about promoting him in a few months.
His Job is Demanding
His job is very high paying for a new grad so expectations are high for him to perform.
He Took a Leave
They let him take a leave of absence from work but OP says his performance is severely lacking since he returned.
He’s Not Motivated
OP says he stopped cold calling and reaching out to prospects for the last 2 to 3 weeks enough since he came back.
The Management Team Made a Decision
The management team decided to let him go because they felt he would need months and months to be able to produce again and they just couldn’t wait that long.
They Fired Him Without Warning
OP says they called him into a meeting and gave him the “bad news.” she said he was very calm and rude about it. He swore at them and grabbed some things off of his desk and left. OP says it was “very very unprofessional and rude.”
OP Told Her Boyfriend
OP told her boyfriend and he said she and her management team were terrible and had no hearts.
The Readers Respond
Many readers were upset that they expected the sales rep to come back and start at his peak performance level after two weeks back on the job.
“The guy lost BOTH parents tragically! There’s no way he’s going to be back to normal in just a few months. Did a cyborg write this post?”
It Was a Poor Business Decision
Many readers said it was a poor decision for management to fire a high performer and waste time finding someone else who may not be able to ever achieve his numbers.
“YTA for firing him without first going through the steps of describing his issues to him and giving him a chance to improve. He’s been back for only 2-3 weeks. It’s not about “having heart”, it’s about making a dumb business decision for both you and him. So much smarter to work with this guy to get him back on track after a temporary setback than to push the eject button and have to find and start over with a new person. Dumb.”
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