Teaching Case - Case of Disgruntled Employee (Sequel)

Case of Disgruntled Employee (Sequel)


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  • Product Description

    Robert Morgenstern, a new and inexperienced manager of a recently created internal audit team in a federal agency, tries to salvage an unsatisfactory employee and fails, with an unexpected resulting problem for himself when he tries to ease the employee out of the job: the employee goes to the FBI with allegations that Morganstern has suppressed an audit report. The case details Morganstern's problems with the employee and his initial actions, beginning with a negative performance appraisal, to move him out of the job. The sequel describes Morganstern's continuing efforts to document the employee's unsatisfactory performance. Before termination proceedings reach the hearing stage, however, the employee finds a job with another agency. This case is an excellent vehicle for getting new middle managers to think through the details and consequences of various approaches for dealing with unproductive employees. The case also provides the basis for a discussion of how to handle the situation when the employee involved becomes a "whistle-blower." The sequel poses further questions about the ethics of settling a problem in one agency through transfer of the employee to another agency.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: January 01, 1980
    Teaching Plan: Available with Educator Access
    HKS Case Number: 334.1
    Case Author: David Jernigan
    Faculty Lead: Stephanie Gould
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 3
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: Office of Personnel Mangagement and the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Labor
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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