You Promoted the Wrong Person. What Do You Do Now?

August 18th, 2016

When you run a department or an entire company, there are often a variety of difficult business decisions that need to be made. Not the least of which is how to handle an internal promotion. When you have an employee who appears capable of moving forward, it only seems natural to make that transition. But what happens when a good employee doesn’t quite fit the bill for their new promotion? If you feel like you’ve promoted the wrong person, how do you wake up from that nightmare? Here are the three directions you can take and their implications.

Hoping for the best.

One possible solution is to just turn a blind eye and hope for the best. Of course, this can come with a lot of potential destruction. If you wait to take action, you may find a lot of irreparable damage in the department from unhappy customers to disgruntled employees. One bad apple can truly spoil the whole bunch, so it may make more sense to start to take corrective action before things become impossible to fix.

Terminating their employment.

Another option is to let them go entirely You may have another member of your staff who should have been promoted instead. You can terminate the current employee and either replace them from an outside source or promote another, more competent employee. This will mean that there is no one working in the position while you backfill it, but that may still be preferable to leaving the inappropriate person in the role.

Moving them back to their old role.

Lastly, you can always make the choice to return them to their former position. This may be most useful for someone who excelled in their other role but who isn’t getting the new position. You don’t want to lose their skill or talents, but you can both acknowledge that this new position isn’t working for either of you. This can be a great solution that can make everyone happy.

Finding the right fit, and using valuable company time to do it, can be a costly burden on your organization. When you need to fill a job opening, contact Meador Staffing! With several locations for temporary staffing throughout Texas, we can help you with any of your employment needs!

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