About 3 months ago my team (we were 7 at the time) hired 2 developers to work under me and my other co-founder.
The one that was assigned to me is actually friends with the co-founder. We hired him for about 10-15 hours a week.. it started off pretty rocky. He would go to his friend instead of me when he had questions, and I didn't really feel like he respected me for some reason.
Fast forward, we're all working from home now and he is consistently late to our meetings. 1 meeting he was 25 minutes late.. he overslept. He does do good work though, don't get me wrong.
Anyway, we're starting to think about hiring for full-time for the summer (May-August) and I had a discussion with him for compensation. I suggested $ 3k/mo (he's a 21 year old college student), and he didn't respond to that and just asked about equity. I explained that's not up to me and that we'd probably give equity for more longer term employees. The discussion ended a little awkwardly as I'm still trying to get the hang of managing people.
My co-founder told me today that in a big group chat (with my co-founder) and several other of his friends he was saying that I had no idea what I was talking about during that meeting and that he wanted $ 4k/mo + equity (so expensive for a summer hire!)
I feel disrespected honestly.. I value trust and communication so much.. if he has a problem with that he can talk to me, but not in a group chat where my co-founder is also in…
I asked my dad and he said I should just fire him, I don't know about that. but $ 4k/mo + equity I'm pretty sure I could find someone permanent with that compensation rather than someone for the summer who doesn't seem to respect me.
Any advice? I'm still very new to managing people and I can come across as socially awkward (which he probably felt in the compensation meeting)