My CEO wants to replace our star employee because he is insecure that he will leave after 6 months to a year. As the project manager, I am tasked with finding a replacement.
His mindset is based on the following reasons:
employee has repeatedly asked for pay rises and then got one, but was not too happy when he finally got it since it was below what he asked for.
we have made compromises with the employee, by giving him the option to work remotely. He is a lot happier now it seems, but that did not go down well with my CEO.
My thoughts on the matter are the following:
everyone leaves at some point, there is no need to prematurely push them out of the door.
employee is out performing other developers within the team. He is quick, and extremely reliable.
employee is a team player, and I seem to get along with him really well.
- employee brings fresh ideas to our platform.
- I feel that as a project manager a core duty I have is to identify risks and prevent them from turning into a serious issue. The issue being slower delivery of projects.
To date, I have tried to save my employee's job by deliberately slowing down the HR process or setting the bar extremely high with candidates I do interview. I am concerned that, given our budget which is well below the market rate, we will struggle to replace him with an equivalent. At the same time, I have tried to indirectly convince my boss to keep the employee within the team. Not sure if he has bought the idea.
Am I acting in bad faith for the company?
Update: My boss is now aware of this employees talent, so I have just told him that I will continue my search but given that he has set the bar high, we should only replace him once we find a like for like candidate, he has agreed.