Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

"Tom Confronts Lab Rage" (July-August 2001, P. 60). (Readers Reply To)

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

"Tom Confronts Lab Rage" (July-August 2001, P. 60). (Readers Reply To)

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"Tom Confronts Lab Rage" (July-August 2001, p. 60)

Keg of Dynamite

Tom and Pete got very lucky in their dealings with Phil as he resigned. It appears his background check, if done at all, did not uncover his tendency to "blow up at people." This was found out when Pete called the department head. You wonder why this was not found out in the reference check. You could question if he should have been hired.

Phil, as a new hire, should still be in his probationary period with the company. His behavior should be excellent as he wants to make the best impression possible. Remember, past performance is a good predictor of future results.

Tom is correct--they are "sitting on a keg of dynamite." Referring him to the company doctor and putting him on paid medical leave is incorrect. I would terminate his employment. Pete witnessed his behavior first hand when he confronted Phil about the copier. The situation will only get worse and someone possibly injured. The company is now at potential risk for negligent retention of a known problem employee.

The other option would be to have him immediately referred to the Employee Referral Program (ERP). I also do not believe Tom and Pete should have tried to analyze his problems unless they are trained counselors. …

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