ought to I give a nasty reference for a nightmare worker? — Ask a Supervisor

ought to I give a nasty reference for a nightmare worker?

A reader writes:

I used to serve on the board of a small nonprofit, which I left a yr in the past. Throughout my time on the board, we needed to rent a brand new govt director. The brand new rent’s references have been stellar and he had an important resume, however there have been issues even earlier than he had absolutely onboarded. For my part, he managed “up” very effectively, however each different relationship was horrible. Throughout his quick tenure, practically all of the employees give up, there was a hostile work setting investigation, and relationships with companions starting from foundations to long-term consultants have been ruined. He raised zero cash throughout his time there and we practically needed to fold. The worst half was that, as quickly as we employed him, folks got here out of the woodwork to inform us what a nightmare he was.

He and I had a pleasant relationship, however didn’t keep up a correspondence. He not too long ago emailed and requested me to be a reference. I stated sure, however that I might solely converse to his efficiency with respect to the board, which he accepted. However the extra I give it some thought, I wish to do what nobody had the heart to do for our group, earlier than it’s too late. What do you suppose? Ought to I give a damaging reference?

I reply this query — and 4 others — over at Inc. at the moment, the place I’m revisiting letters which have been buried within the archives right here from years in the past (and typically updating/increasing my solutions to them). You may learn it right here.

Different questions I’m answering there at the moment embody:

  • My supervisor desires me do extra speaking to folks in-person relatively than sending emails
  • My workforce isn’t utilizing the reward playing cards I gave them
  • Why aren’t my candidates together with cowl letters?
  • How do I observe up on my supervisor’s provide {of professional} growth?

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