how to encourage the boss
October 5, 2011 11:26 AM Subscribe
Yesterday I was called into what turned out to be a humiliating tag-team meeting where my supervisor and the department director took turns berating me for my job performance over the past year. Short on specifics and long on phrases like "you don't display ownership of your projects," and "you're always late," etc. All this is odd because just a couple months ago I got an un-scheduled mid-year raise and 'ata-boy from the director. Yes, one of the same who was pounding on me yesterday.
posted by markhu to Work & Money (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The good news is that neither of them are micro-managers, but the bad news is that this has happened before (to me and other employees) and the pattern seems to be that they store up complaints/annoyances/issues and then unleash them all at once a couple times per year.
Question is, should I gift them a copy of the One Minute Manager
book? Or point them to a pertinant blog post
about managerial leadership skills? Or just keep my mouth shut and look for another job?
Brief history: the current supervisor was my peer when I hired on 4 years ago, but has since enjoyed 2 promotions (to my 0) and just coincidentally happens to be same ethnicity as the director (different from me) but I'm sure that is merely incidental. Everyone involved is technically
competent, but the company offers no training, managerial or otherwise, and it shows.