Hostile line manager

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talllikejerryhall Sat 07-Sep-19 22:30:53

I have been working at a job that I love and I am thriving in, getting positive feedback from colleagues from every strata - but my line manager (who is overall boss of the team) has been low level hostile to me from the start, just told me I hadn't passed my probation.

I can prove that I have met my objectives and have on record positive feedback about my work from dozens of colleagues throughout the organisation, but ultimately I know that I won't be able to progress significantly in a team with him in charge.

I hate that I am being forced to look for work elsewhere but don't want to create a stink in case it ruins my chances of getting a new job and undermines my professional reputation with current colleagues.

I got in touch with HR and they basically told me to get a union rep as they were advising him.

I am totally screwed here, aren't I?

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MaybeitsMaybelline Sun 08-Sep-19 06:57:02

Raise a formal grievance.

EleanorReally Sun 08-Sep-19 07:30:20

why are HR advising him?

CloudsCanLookLikeSheep Sun 08-Sep-19 08:28:04

At the end of the day he holds all the cards and decides who he wants working for him so unless there is another team you can move to I'd say you are fighting a losing battle unfortunately.

Why have you failed probation? I'd resign rather than have a dismissal for failed probation on your reference... been there!

CloudsCanLookLikeSheep Sun 08-Sep-19 08:28:45

Why wouldn't HR advise him, that's their job!

EleanorReally Sun 08-Sep-19 08:50:30

so you have failed the probation and are losing your job?

EleanorReally Sun 08-Sep-19 08:51:04

have you got a union rep?

EleanorReally Sun 08-Sep-19 08:52:33

Do you have to leave?
I would just leave,
dont take it personally, he probably is the same with everyone until they have proved themselves to him

WobblyLondoner Sun 08-Sep-19 11:00:17

Sorry to hear about this. Have you been given reasons for your not passing your probation? And are you clear what happens next - are they extending your probation or ending your contact?

talllikejerryhall Sun 08-Sep-19 12:44:40

I performed all my objectives and massively exceeded what I was expected to do. I was publicly acknowledged in meetings by senior officers as having done 'superb work' and even recently the exiting chief exec thank me for my work in an email cc ing him, saying I had moved the area forward massively.

So I am being told I am shit at my job by him when all evidence is to the contrary and I have the facts on my side. It's like professional gaslighting.

I love my job and the work is important, my colleagues are great so I am really disappointed by the fact that I am being forced out.

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talllikejerryhall Sun 08-Sep-19 12:58:01

Been told my probation is being extended for an extra two months as I didn't meet objective (but have loads of evidence to prove I did)

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WobblyLondoner Sun 08-Sep-19 17:52:02

Have you been given specific feedback about the underperformance? Given what you've said about others praising your work, why do you think he has such a different view about you?

talllikejerryhall Sun 08-Sep-19 19:24:21

I don't know as we have never been able to broach it frankly. I don't know if he just doesn't like me, hates the way I work or has a plan to replace me.

But when I pointed out that there was big difference between what other colleagues were saying and what he was saying, he just shrugged and said all that mattered was what he thought.

He literally ignore all the work I have done in the area of my objective and said that I hadn't met it, even though I have tons of evidence to show what I had done in this area.

I think I need to get out of dodge. Just can't believe tin pot dictators like him are able to get away with shitting on people they work with despite all evidence to the contrary.

If I drag senior colleagues into the argument, it will impact my reputation more than if I just quietly leave.

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