Demoting a recently promoted employee? Take care

You have reservations regarding Joe's ability to qualify, but are pondering whether or not to give him a crack at the promotion from Grade II to Grade I. If he fails to measure up, you can always downgrade him to his former classification.

08/01/1998


You have reservations regarding Joe's ability to qualify, but are pondering whether or not to give him a crack at the promotion from Grade II to Grade I. If he fails to measure up, you can always downgrade him to his former classification. Right?

Not necessarily. If you find yourself in this spot, the recommended approach is to think twice, then once again. Don't take our word for it. Have a chat with Maintenance Supervisor Edgar Bronson.

Electrician Grade II Sam Richter was a 5-yr veteran of the maintenance department and a conscientious employee. When his Grade I coworker, Bill Fallon, opted for early retirement, Bronson figured Sam might be the logical guy to step into his job. Or would he?

Bronson wasn't so sure. Sam was hardworking, loyal, and could use the extra pay that would go with the promotion. But he was no Bill Fallon. Bill worked faster, was smarter, and picked up on instructions more readily. On the other hand, maybe Sam would grow with the job. Bronson decided to give him a chance.

Sam got the good news on the 10th of the month. By the 25th of the following month, despite Bronson's best efforts to qualify him, Sam didn't come close to meeting departmental standards. Bronson decided that however hard he tried, Sam would never achieve Grade I caliber. Regretfully, he broke the bad news.

"Sam, I'm going to have to set you back to Grade I."

"But you never gave me a chance."

"You got enough time to convince me that you won't make it no matter how much of a chance you get."

Richter threatened to file a grievance.

Question : Do you think Sam can successfully fight the demotion?

Walker's verdict: "Keep him in Grade I for the time being at least," Plant Engineer George Walker instructed Bronson. "Performance standards in the department are based on the average productivity of all Grade I electricians. They don't necessarily apply to new or less experienced employees. If this case goes to arbitration, Sam might have a good chance at winning it."





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Motor specification guidelines; Understanding multivariable control; Improving a safety instrumented system; 2017 Engineers' Choice Award Winners
Selecting the best controller from several viewpoints; System integrator advice for the IIoT; TSN and real-time Ethernet; Questions to ask when selecting a VFD; Action items for an aging PLC/DCS
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
click me