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# Letting an employee know that another is better suited for a task?

2018-03-13 17:11:42

This was a past situation. There was a presentation that only allowed one employee to present. Two of my employees, employees A and B, really wanted to do the presentation. Due to the time-frame and nature of the company, it was near certain that there would not be an opportunity like this again, so I couldn't say "Employee A this time, B next time". The employees were already not on great terms with each other due to personal differences outside of the workplace.

Although Employee B thought she was equally qualified, Employee A was more qualified for this task, so I would rather her do it. How could I have let Employee A do the presentation without hurting Employee B's feelings, especially given the already tense relationship between the two?

1) Well, you might have asked them to define how you would make the choice. Find some set of criteria which they could both agree on, suggested by them. And then you decide.

2) offer some other "goodie". You say there won't

• 1) Well, you might have asked them to define how you would make the choice. Find some set of criteria which they could both agree on, suggested by them. And then you decide.

2) offer some other "goodie". You say there won't be another exactly like this, but there will be something. A trip; the chance to be first to play with some new tech ...

3) a coin toss. Tell them that you can't decide as you think they are equally good (even though you prefer A; saying this keeps the peace), so you will have to flip a coin (and state beforehand if it's best of 1, bets of 3, etc ;-)

If you are not an only child, remember something your mother did with you & a sibling. For instance, to divide a chocolate bar, my mother would have one split & one choose. Perhaps one decides an alternative "goodie" as per my point 2) and the other gets to chose whether he wants the goodie of to to do the presentation.

2018-03-13 17:18:10
• Just tell A "you have been selected".

Just tell B "you have not been select". If B asks why then "I felt A would be stronger for this task". If B feels they are as good then no good could come from debating it with them.

2018-03-13 18:31:15