My manager agrees and has authorized me to fire him. As a manager I have fired people before, but it was always for things like misconduct, extreme absenteeism, etc.As I said, he is not a jerk and he hasn’t done anything which rises to the level of misconduct.
He was thanked for trying to be helpful but asked not to do this several times, but he still does it.
Another time he was asked to double check a newly typed copy of our updated price list against the handwritten copy.
The list was long and we needed a second set of eyes.
He made a few minor corrections with a pen and then was asked to check that the corrections had been typed up correctly.
It’s been one month and one of the interns is just not working out.
He is not a jerky or malicious person, but he is an annoyance and is a complete hindrance to anyone who tries to work with him.
I think it would help to separate this out into two different buckets of problems: (1) his unusual lack of knowledge about basic life stuff, and weird social skills and (2) the fact that he hasn’t done any of his assigned work correctly, and his inability so far to take direction about that.
(For example, continuing to distribute things off the printer after he’s been told not to do it several times is alarming — or at least it’s alarming if those requests were direct ones, not hints.) If #2 weren’t present — if he were following instructions and doing his work more or less correctly — I bet that #1 wouldn’t bother you as much.
He had no idea who Abraham Lincoln is, didn’t know about the existence of software that reads things to visually impaired, or that electric cars exist or that it is illegal to drive without a license.