1. Is Emplid the only search key in the component
2. When you are bypassing the search page, if the search record return any rows for your employee id then it will directly go into the page. But the search record doesn't fetch any row for your criteria then it will be in Search page only.
If there is a search key defined on your search record, then it is bound to take you to the search page. Either you would have to specify a record that does not have a key field(like INSTALLATION) or over-ride the search record on "Menu Item Properties" - when you double click on a Menu Item, on the dialog box that appears, there is a checkbox that says "Override"
Hope this helps.