I am an American who works for a public entity. I am on a three person team. It is me, my supervisor, and I just acquired an employee. So now I am a supervisor, as well. We recently absorbed the employee on our team because her previous supervisor transferred to a different job.
When we absorbed the new employee we absorbed a whole other team into our unit. So she has been working on other projects that we haven’t seen before. These projects are now ours. My supervisor and I are looking over the projects to get familiar with them and have met with the new team member once a week for a month.
My supervisor and I have a strong rapport. We have worked together for a couple years and work very well together. We respect each another and always end up on the same page. When my supervisor and I have team meetings with the new employee, somehow she takes over with her big ideas. Even though my boss and I are her superiors she tends to talk to us as though she assumes we don’t know certain things. When really she is just talking our ears off about stuff we do already know. We would have to interrupt her to tell her that, but maybe we should. She repeats herself over again at each meeting.
My supervisor and I are confused about how to move forward. We want to make her feel comfortable and we want her to give ideas and opinions, but we feel that she isn’t respecting the hierarchy. She has great ideas but her work is not up to par yet. She is improving, but I think she could improve even more if she let us take the lead and if she listened more and spoke less.
She only just started with us, and we have a different vision than her. We know our boss well, and we know what he likes, and her work wouldn’t meet his standards. So we get frustrated at meetings because we have to rein her in all the time. I created meeting agendas and that has helped a little. So if she gets off track, I pull her back in with the agenda notes.
I think I should speak directly to her and tell her I like her ideas, the content she provides for presentations, and that she has opinions, but she should let us take the lead on meetings. What do you think? Is this a reasonable request? Also, it should be noted that we are adding another person to our team that will be a higher level than her, and my fear is that the newest employee could follow in her footsteps. So I want to fix this issue now.
Additional Information: She is a bit older than I am and she brings up that she has 40 years of working experience. Note that I have only been working for this public entity for 2 years. Our team is working on training and development for new and current employees. My degree is in teaching and I have almost 10 years of teaching experience. She has a degree in Business and Psychology, which she mentions often. I do feel that she is looking for respect, and I have told her I respect her work, but at the same time she is not respecting my experience and background. Also, I do my best to listen and keep an open mind to her ideas, but she often rambles on and talks to us like she is teaching us things, even though we are fully aware of the subject matter and even more experienced in the subject matter than she is. I do my best to hear her out, and to not interrupt her so that she feels heard and respected, but it is frustrating.