I could use some advice on a matter I have these days.
I am a Manager for an oil-company who runs the Operations department.
As the subjects says, now one of my key employees, or actually my most important player, wants to quit to go back to school again.
The problem is that he feels he is in a job that does not suit him and that he is lacking motivation to keep going. As the marked is today there are no other jobs available for him either.
The position he fills required a lot of knowledge and is not a position that is easy to replace. In addition to this he has one of the highest capacities I have seen and is capable of doing multiple jobs at once. And he does!
Loosing him would cause huge problems for the department, regardless of it is to an internal position or for studies. Also it would case problems for other departments where he has various tasks to handle. He is the ultimate "doer" and I think it would require several hirings to replace what he does.
So I need him to to exactly what he does and he is willing to quit his job to NOT do his job. The mention of a raise was rejected.
My manager does not allow any big rearranging these days as the oil marked is so I am getting quite desperate.
Anyone experienced something like this?
I don't want to give up just yet. He was also the only one in our office who got the "outstanding" review on the yearly appraisal. So I guess I will get some heat from my Manager if I cannot talk him out of quitting.