I need help with one situation. I have an employee that is now 10 months in the company. He is an expert on his field and has had good results so far.
We have a software development process in place to ensure quality of our product and this employee has now tried to change the process 2 times. In both cases, I felt that the change would benefit him (as he is an expert), but not the entire team and ended up rejecting them, after explaining why. Even after hearing the explanations, the second time I rejected his suggestion he complained that I never accept his suggestions.
I must say this development process was set up by me before I was a manager, when I was myself the expert on the area. Now, I am a bit more distant from the decision point, although I still understand the area pretty well.
My dilema is, I don't want to discourage him from making suggestions, so should I accept a change I don't feel will benefit the entire team?
I think people should be allowed to make mistakes and learn with them. It is just a case where it seems he won't learn anything, as the change would work well for him and probably make him more effective. But he won't see if it is demaging the team.
I appreciate your insight on this!