A colleague of mine asked my opinion on a temp that is working in their department. The temp's performance has been been a up and down, depending on the day. When given a task, it is either done immediately or the temp says it will get done and it doesn't get done. And at least once a week, the temp slows everyone down with some distracting conversation. My colleague has had to take the temp aside for not completing tasks and being a distraction and each time the temp gets upset and makes excuses about being busy and has made claims that my colleague as it in for them.
Now my colleague has a really big heart. I mean huge. My colleague has made every effort to reach out the to temp help them out. My colleague has often told the temp, if they have too much on their plate, let them know and they will figure something else out. Things improve for a bit and then they are back at square one.
In the near future there will be opening in their department. And the temp has expressed interest in working at the company permanently. Now what my colleague wants to do is have a meeting with the temp and tell them that this would be their last chance. And that my colleague was going to tell them that the opening is theirs only if they shape up. My colleague wants to do this before it is announced. Like I said, my colleague has a big heart.
I told my colleague that this was a bad idea. That they shouldn't say anything until it is officially announced and if the temp asks about the position, tell them to apply for it and that the only qualified person will be picked. If the temp wants to work for the company then they should make every effort to do the best job possible. As soon the temp started trouble , they should have been replaced.
Am I being too cold? Is my colleague being too nice of a person?