A former member of my team quit and I am happy for him
He messaged me and updated me his decision to move out of the firm. I am happy for him.
He was the team member that got me struggle whether to keep him on.
He tried so hard…
- He worked late almost every day
- He tried his best to deliver within timeline
- He took every opportunity to go extra miles to impress me
- He did not mind re-doing the staff over and over again
- He was really cooperative and took whatever tasks that came his way
- He asked for work whenever he had some spare capacity
But he just could not hit the nail…
- He made repeated basic mistakes, like excel formulas and basic formatting requirements
- He lacked logical sense, messing up previous work
- He completed 2/4 tasks and came telling me he was done
As a result, I had to check everything he did, redo much of it and could not trust him with any critical tasks.
I ended up spending much time doing his job…
When the time came to decide whether to keep him on, I really struggled.
I really wanted to help him, but I could not afford to keep doing his job on top of mine…
So I let him go, after giving him honest feedback and telling him that he needed a hard re-set before he could make it work and trying harder would probably not be the answer.
(To be honest, project leadership wanted to get rid of him to save budget. I was definitely affected by that also.)
He took some time off and updated me that he had decided to quit.
I am honestly happy for him.
Apparently, he tried his best and the firm gave him enough opportunities. It did not work.
But with his commitment, I am sure he would do well in a different environment, which would give him the re-set he needs as well.
I am happy for him and Who knows, I might join him.