How do I tell my manager to wake up?
August 11, 2010 7:05 PM Subscribe
How do I (or we) speak to my manager about his increasing lack of involvement in what we feel are the core components of a product's (re)launch, especially when the stakes in the launch include: our careers, the fate of the company, and the jobs of fellow colleagues in the office?
posted by mistertoronto to Work & Money (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I can't say what company I work for. But I can say it's publishing and we're about to relaunch our core product after more than a year of research, testing, prototyping.
I am #3 in the core group. #1 is the manager, and #2 is at the same level as me, but has been with the project since the beginning, I joined a little after the start.
I'm seeking specific methods to broach the topic of our manager's increasing lack of involvement in core decisions regarding the product.
It appears to us (#2 and #3) that our manager has taken a step back from the product's final development. And when the manager does become involved they tend to question decisions, or act impulsively to change parameters without fully taking the time understand the logic and methodology behind our work.
We (#2 and #3) both understand that our manager has a lot riding on the success of this project, and we appreciate it that he often attends meetings and plays umpire to a lot of the bureaucracy outside our project.
But, he does make 2-3 times what we make.
THE MEAT OF IT: And our primary concern is that if the project is a failure, by any measure, not only will there be cuts to auxiliary staff, but we'll be left to be hung out to dry, or made to take responsibility for actions, decisions, and work we did, not because we were empowered to do them, but rather because our manager was absent, and we assumed them by default.
Apart from this, the three of us work together without a hitch, drinks after work, buy one another lunch, jokes, good working environment. But this recent development has ability to derail everything.