My company has both remote and on-premise employees. We started as an on premise org, but began building a large remote workforce. I now have directs that are interested in becoming remote employees. They want to relocate.
I want to keep this as a discretionary decision for me, rather than allow it to become policy. I have a high-performer, recently hired, who I'd rather retain than lose, because he wants to move to another state. I asked him to keep the terms and conversation about going remote confidential, and not share how this was worked out with the team. I did not want to set a precedent/process for becoming a remote employee, and there is not a policy published by HR. On the other-hand, I had a problematic performer who I was not OK allowing to go remote. Senior management was also not ok with this. He ended up leaving, after raising a lot of hell.
I'm looking at another employee that I'm expecting to be asked if he can go remote. He has expressed desire to relocate casually in the past, and just learned about my high-performer becoming remote. I'd rather this person not become a remote employee.
Advice on how to manage this?