I have an employee who was put under my supervision this year after being a supervisor of another team for a trial period that failed.In addition he is the longest serving employee at the unit. He did a semi-good job this year, completing a number of complex tasks and people seem to get along really well with him and he is always willing to help. However, I do a simple self eval (as part of a official yearly eval to HR) that asks over the last year what projects did you like, what goals did you accomplish, and what did you learn. He put down 3 small projects, he has accomplished no goals, he did not learn anything, and he failed to finish many of the larger projects he was on.
I wasn't going to be to negative on him in my official eval, but to me it is like he is asking to be fired. I've never had anyone rate themselves so negatively. The rest of my team were positive in their self-evals, and I'm open to the idea that maybe I'm managing this guy the wrong way. He never asks for help. He does his best to help everyone. Now it seems unavoidable to come down on him and start being more hands on. How can this be handled without demoralizing the employee even more and without losing a valuable team member that everyone loves?