Do I leave? New job problems(6 Posts)
I've been in my role for 2.5 years. The responsibilities have grown massively and I now cover the work of around 4 job titles, at least two actual peoples work. There has been quite a high turnover in the last year and contractors have mainly been brought in to fill the roles so the close knit team doesn't exist anymore. I work over 10 extra hours a week to keep on top of my workload and still have loads outstanding. I have built a great reputation at work but as a result get all of the work requests.
To top it off I have a new boss who is rude, micro managing without actually managing,makes empty promises and gives no recognition or praise. Our previous boss was the polar opposite. He is another contractor in for a year but I don't think I can hang on that long under him. Is my only solution to leave? I'd like a role with clearer responsibilities, proportionate pay, and a new team.
Can you write a summary list of everything you do and highlight the activities that cause you specific concern due to tight deadlines, overload etc and take the list to your new boss.
Try to get around the fact he's an awful manager, take the personality out of it and stick to cold hard facts. What you need as an employee is support to prioritise what you work on, and he is meant to set those priorities.
As you've been in role for 2.5 years, you have employment rights. If you leave, before trying to sort it out, the clock resets to zero and there's no guarantees the grass will be greener.elsewhere.
Don't throw in the towel until you've at least tried to sort things out. He will move on eventually, so give it time.
Do you have a trusted colleague or manager who you can confide in, without being unprofessional about him, but to try to get another opinion?
I agree. Before you do anything, turn this around and make it work for you.
List all your responsibilities/roles/ work you've done.
Get him to agree to it/ acknowledge it. Preferably do it verbally, then follow it up with an email, then you've hit a paper trail.
He's scuppered and it's harder to disprove!!!
Then, if this is the way management works, not acknowledging work done, bringing in contract managers, realistically thus isn't going to change, so you will then update your cv, with your newly agreed roles, and search for a new position?
Thanks both for the advice. The ironic thing is we had a session (facilitated by another contractor) where the team detailed roles and responsibilities and it was clear that over 75% of what I do isn't in my job description. He promised this would be addressed but when I mentioned perhaps stepping away from one task that was low value high effort he got very rude and basically told me I had to do it despite it being a task I inherited from my previous boss who should have been the one doing it.
I have a very good working relationship with my boss' boss but unfortunately he leaves in the new year. I could perhaps Escalate to him now in confidence but not sure if that will help or hinder. Could just make for a very awkward 2017.
As a PP says if you get a new job you have no employment rights for two years, and no guarantees it'll be better elsewhere.
Write your current job description, as it is, and share this with your immediate boss, and their boss, point out again that it's not feasible to cover it all, and ask what you should stop / deprioritise, with your recommendation.
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