If you hire that candidate, I’ll quit!
If you don’t pay me more, I’ll quit!
More than you might think employers cow down to these demanding employees. It’s not just inexperienced managers who fall prey to such threats, it’s well-seasoned, ought to know better, executives as well. Having said that, it is always wise to consider both sides of an argument.
If, in fact, the employee has been treated unfairly, then corrections need to be made. Not only is it the right thing to do, the organization’s reputation is at stake. Former employees talk and if he word “on the street” is that your company is not a good place to work, you will not be able to recruit top level employees.
We’ve all seen children and how they can get hurt feelings over the most minor infractions, become territorial to the point of landing blows, and just being plain nasty. Of course, people who have attained high educational levels, worked their way through the ranks, and now manage executive positons would never behave in such a manner. At least, one would think.
Recently, I had a conversation with a Vice President. This individual not only is a VP but has a string of letters behind their name that represent both professional level achievements as well as certifications. It seems Pat, (not the VP’s real name), has serious issues with another individual, (Madison, again not a real name), who happens to be in a higher position in the organization. Pat has complained many times about being overwhelmed with work so much so that the organization is going to hire an assistant for Pat.