After working for my current employer for 12 years, unfortunately my situation has taken a dip due to a change of manager, and I am now being left out of things.
As soon as I heard about the new manager and found out it was someone I knew but didn’t feel comfortable with, I asked for a transfer to another team, but was told to give her a chance.
Well, she has been here five weeks now and I have given her a lot of chances, but to no avail. I am really fed up. I keep having to go to her manager for assistance, but she says it is being sorted out. I know you talk about ‘kicking butt’, but which butt do I kick?
Your last comment made me laugh! Goodness knows, we all need a laugh now and again. However this is a matter of hierarchy; usually, it’s the one above who kicks butt, not the other way round!
It sounds like a long-standing issue however, and the new manager has simply highlighted the cracks in the system. You mention in your longer email the various strategies you’ve tried over the years, and obviously, you do not want to look for another job in today’s climate.
The only suggestion I can make is that you write down for yourself a list of all the things that could be improved, and then reorganise them in order of importance, or urgency.
Then go to your current line manager with the first item (don’t let her know you have a list!) and explain carefully what you see as an issue, with suggestions on how you can both make it work. Note carefully who said what, and what was agreed – a confirmation summary email after each meeting is a good way to keep records – and see if you can follow it through. After six months of going through the list, you can measure your success.
One of two things will happen. Either your strategy will succeed, or you will have accumulated a list ready for a grievance procedure – but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.