You are the Plant Manager at a large manufacturing company. Several years ago, you promoted Sean, a long term employee, to the position of Assistant Plant Manager. You and Sean have always gotten along great, you respect him, and you are also friends outside of work. You go running together several days a week, and your families have cookouts or go camping together on the weekends. You trust Sean, and often ask his advice on personnel issues.
Recently, it was brought to your attention that Sean does not have a bachelors degree, and that when he applied for the promotion, he stated that he did on his resume. A bachelors degree is a requirement for the Assistant Plant Manager ...view middle of the document...
Next, even though Sean is a personal friend I would make two recommendations, which are; 1) Carefully consider his reputable commitment to the company and 2) Consider the possibility of helping Sean achieve his bachelors while taking a conditional demotion based on his achievements.
What more information do you need?
At this point the information obtained is sufficient and serves as proof that there was intent of wrong but on a different level as insider trading or other unethical behavior was involved. However, I would need a strong written commitment to achieve the bachelors degree, written statement of the Sean’s reasoning of miss representing his self, and acknowledgement of his temporary demotion based his returning after completion of his bachelor’s degree. This lets me know he is well committed and I can indeed go to bat for him at various levels.
What would you do with Sean – terminate his employment? Or some other alternative? Why would you choose this course of action?
To terminate a skilled workers employment may deem detrimental for a business of any size to say the least. As mentioned, I would preserve his job as he dedicated six long years of his life and like most, saw an opening for opportunity. Does this mean Sean is wrong? Yes. Does this disqualify Sean? Yes. Does this mean Sean cannot provide sound assistant manager duties? I say no. One thing I do know is, just as customer concerning current and new, it is often more expensive to re-train an employee than...