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A new worker proves to be a one-trick pony

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You hired Doug in a hurry. He's the brother-in-law of a trusted colleague and mentor, and his résumé includes stints with respectable firms. You were looking to hire anyway, but you needed to gear up quickly when a big project appeared on the horizon. You figured that once Doug's six-month review came around, you'd have a chance to take stock, after the project was over.

It's now been nine months, and you still haven't had that first review. The project ended up being bigger and taking longer than you thought, and Doug's performance has been exemplary. The customer loves him, and you've had plenty of opportunities to offer genuine praise for his work.

However, on every other assignment you've given him, Doug has bombed. Despite his résumé, he's lack­ing a lot of the skills you would expect a mid career employee in your field to have. This means other team members have had to pick up the slack, which doesn't make them happy. ...(register to read more)

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