It's not always dumb to ask questions.
In this situation, I wouldn't really ask as much of my peers as I would of the employee in question: "Why don't you want to accept this offer?"
Maybe he'll give you an honest answer.
So, you have a probationary employee that wants to dictate how much his pay will be...and when?
anyhow, ballsy move for a (again) person in their training period...and his/her current expectations forecast a disgruntled/problem employee in the future...
I would accelerate the introduction of the door to this person.
That comic strip is great. I will tell you a TRUE story. We had an ad out for someone to run our Challenge Champion paper cutter. Doing cutting and additional bindery department work. The ad gave a list of experience you had to have and machines you need to know. Well, this guy calls and keeps trying to tell me he is the one for the job. How great he is and so on......then when I "press" him to finally finally answer what his experience is....he says to me....an I swear this is true..." I'm really good with scissors" ...to THIS DAY we still have a laugh about that one
I need to move countries!
I started out as a comp in my fathers business when I left school at 16. I am now 46 with a wealth of experience and get approx Â£12 an hour. Wonderful UK.
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