I am being micromanaged and criticised by my entire team at work
mezzaruna · 10/10/2018 20:39
I was very excited to get a job as a teacher working with adults. I have my own caseload and teach basic numeracy.
When I started, there was practically no induction. I had to even ask where the toilets were! Sadly from previous jobs it seems this is the norm most places.
I just set out doing the best I could. I can be quite critical of myself but felt proud of my achievements in the job. The teaching I am doing seems to be working and I love the interaction with the young men I'm working with. Lack of engagement with the course is high but I've had no one leave my courses since starting so obviously the young men I work with really like me.
There are SO (significant other) many what I call 'admin bits' to this job though. Forms to fill in and a sequence that needs to be completed before one task can start. I'm an organised person but with what I would consider to be a high caseload since starting here (10 weeks ago) I seem to make daily mistakes. It's little things like forgetting to sign a worksheet or accidentally booking two people in for the same time slot. I spoke to my manager and explained that I was aware I had made a few admin errors and I have made a conscious effort to not repeat the same mistake twice. I haven't.
I felt like I had settled in well, feedback was good. I have noticed that all workers seem to make regular admin errors even when they have been in the job years. I have come to the conclusion that the department is under resourced , under staffed and caseloads are far too high. This leads to mistakes and organisational errors which aren't really the fault of the workers. But the fact the workload is too high.
After being in the job 6 weeks, there seemed to be a sudden shift. Despite all the good work I was doing I found myself being publicly criticised in team meetings. The manager reminded me I had to add a title to a piece of work which I was reading out (I already knew this and was planning to do it after the meeting).
While I feel I've come on a lot, I am now being micromanaged not just by my manager but 4 members of the team (theres 8 of us).
In the last week alone the following has been said to me by a member of the team who is not my manager:
I should have signed out to say I was out of the building (I hadn't yet left).
I was accused of mislaying a document which was eventually found where it should have been.
When someone arrives for me, one member of staff will always query if it was in my diary.
The team generally just query what I'm doing, what work I've done if I have this or that sorted. They check I have my diary in order, reports written. I am completely micromanaged!
I am unsure if the manager has had a gossip about me to team members and asked them to do this but it is making me feel isolated and it is now bordering on intimidating.
If I do make an error it's immediately and publicly brought up when if it was anyone else it wouldn't even be noticed.
In my three months probation review I was told I was struggling with managing my diary and general organisation. Yet when I asked for specific points on how to improve I was given none.
There are three members of staff who are lovely. One in particular tells me several times a day that I'm doing a great job, I'm a breath of fresh air, I've picked everything up easily and to ignore criticism. She states the manager is very critical of certain people and she thinks this has rubbed off on some team members.
I just wish I could be left alone to improve and grow as an employee.
One positive is I have only been here 6 weeks and I've already been placed on the leadership programme which means in 3 years from now I will be the senior of this team. So clearly the higher up manager has been my potential.
Sorry for the long post. I'm just feeling so down, criticised and harrassed.
The team themselves all seem like nice people. They're not bullies. They just seem to have started micromanaging me.
AIBU to find this unacceptable? Sadly going to my manager would be futile. She's exactly the same.
chestylarue52 · 10/10/2018 20:42
It’s not nice and I feel for you. Sadly I think there’s little you can do except ride it out. Don’t rise to it.
Unless there’s another team you could transfer to?
iloveruby · 10/10/2018 21:02
I think you need to assert some boundaries - either directly when one of your colleagues micromanages you or by making a note of the incidents and raising it with your manager.
It is horrible and I would suggest bordering on bullying but it sounds as though maybe they (And your manager) might be intimidated by your success.
Do you have a counter-signing manager? If yes, might it also be worth raising it with them.
Don't let this get you down- it sounds as though you are doing a great job!!
Uncooperativefingers · 10/10/2018 21:08
Did the micromanaging happen to start around the same time you were added to the leadership programme? Could be your boss is feeling threatened?
(Not that it's an excuse for behaving like this)
mezzaruna · 10/10/2018 21:08
What do you think is the cause of it?
I'm too busy on my own work to notice what others are doing! They seem to spend a lot of time concentrating on me.
mezzaruna · 10/10/2018 21:12
it coincided with my being chosen for the management programme. I don't find it logical that they are all jealous and threatened.
I think they think I'm incompetent. But they need to just leave me alone and keep that view to themselves. It's for the manager to have that discussion.
missymayhemsmum · 10/10/2018 22:12
If your manager is managing you that's legitimate, but if your colleagues are doing it you need to set some boundaries. 'Thanks for your support, but I know the system now, you don't need to keep reminding me' as an initial response. Rinse and repeat.
I'm afraid that there are some people who just enjoy being picky about admin trivia to try and big themselves up.
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