Help me stay sane and employed during a difficult work situation
August 27, 2010 9:08 AM Subscribe
How can I stay sane and employed during a difficult work situation?
posted by anonymous to work & money (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I work for a large corporation doing web related work.
Last month, my boss (call her Boss 1) resigned and her last day was 8/4. The following day, my boss's boss (Boss 2) resigned and will be leaving tomorrow (Friday). This leaves me without a real supervisor. My new "boss" (Boss 3) is an upper level executive. He has no idea what my job entails and we barely know each other.
After Boss 2 announced his resignation, I contacted Boss 3 to ask if we could meet so I would have an idea of what my responsibilities were to be going forward. When I contacted him on 8/6, he said he was "too busy" to meet with me for a couple weeks.
My department is extremely slow with replacing people who leave. Upper management continually promises to hire replacements, but literally years go by before they find someone new (which is strange because my department is very monetarily successful – although the success is slowly dwindling since they never replace anyone).
Since Boss 1 left, I have been doing most of her job. Although, no one directly told me to do her job. My co-workers rely on me to do the things my boss used to do because no one else knows how to do those things. I like my co-workers and don't mind the tasks, so I always do them. If I didn't do them, they wouldn't get done and it would cause major headaches for the department.
I spoke to HR and they told me the situation can't go on for months and months. Boss 3 will have to make a decision about my position and Boss 2's position before months elapse. (Although, I was not given a maximum time frame.) The HR rep told me that I could refuse to do Boss 1's job and I would not be fired. This just doesn't seem tenable to me since I want to stay with the company. However, Boss 1 was paid more than double what I am paid. I resent having to do Boss 1's job when I know that the tasks are worth much more than I am being paid.
HR suggested that I set up a meeting with Boss 3 (using the Outlook ). I decided to give him 3 weeks. He didn't respond for the first 2 weeks and today wrote back saying that meeting was "premature" and said he wanted to wait another week.
Now, I feel extremely angry and hateful towards Boss 3. I have decided that he dislikes me even though he doesn't know me and that makes me resent him. I am so angry that I just want to go into his office and slam a resignation letter on his desk and leave and never come back.
The reality is that I can't just quit without having another job lined up and recent interviews I have gone on have yielded nothing.
Besides quitting, does anyone have any ideas on how to make this situation better?
I am considering the following:
-Going back to HR and telling them that nothing is changing and Boss 3 is still refusing to meet with me
-Taking days off when my presence is especially needed in the office. Since Boss 1 left, there are tasks that only I know how to do. I could take off an key days, which will delay the tasks and cost the company money
-Refuse to do any of Boss 1's work
-Keep up what I'm doing and hope something will miraculously change.
Does anyone else have any ideas? If you've been in a similar situation, what did you do?