Say I have a drop down with a full employee name and an ID, comma delimited...
Some users may want to sort the values in this dropdown differently, in this example we'll say they may want to sort based on the first name, last name, or ID. Currently we're making the text next to the dropdown (in this case it'd be "Employee") have a hover-over that allows you to select the sorting options.
Do you think this is intuitive enough on it's own? Are there standards for providing sort options to the user for individual dropdowns?
We at one point had separate dropdowns for sorting next to the field. In some cases it could take up a relatively large amount of real-estate though. However, perhaps it's worth it?