Quirky Question # 173, Conflict with Supervisor Does Not Justify Transfer
One of our employees, who happens to be in the protected age group, has a (charitably described) ‘strained’ relationship with his boss. He feels that he has been subjected to unfair criticism and that his supervisor’s performance assessments of his abilities do not reflect the true value of his contributions.
He is convinced that he will never “get a fair shake” from this supervisor and has asked that we transfer him. We don’t really have a comparable position in our organization. Moreover, we’re not convinced that transferring an underperforming employee at his/her request is necessarily a good precedent to establish.
If this employee refuses to continue working for his current supervisor, can we fire him? Answer→