I feel like I'm being set up to fail at work
January 10, 2012 9:15 AM Subscribe
My boss recently spoke to me about my performance and then today just dramatically increased my workload in a way that will pull me away from my primary job responsibility without a discussion. How should I approach this situation?
posted by GilvearSt to Work & Money (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I’ve been in my current job since August and in late November my boss and her boss sat me down and stated that they weren’t happy with my performance. Some of it is valid and I would say some of it was unfair. (There are ongoing personality issues with a few of the players at my work and I’ve been getting some flack from both sides) There was no documentation in that meeting and since that meeting, nothing specific has been said to me one way or another about my performance.
Today I’ve been given a big increase in my workload. There were cuts in November and I'm basically being given all of the work of someone who used to work 20 hours per week. The new work will take significant time away from the task I’ve been told should be my main priority, it’s the sort of work where I have very little control over the outcome of the work and it will put me in constant and direct contact with one of the people causing the drama right now. The work was dumped on my desk this morning and I have to play a great deal of catch-up to get months of backlog under control.
I feel like if I don’t focus on my new work, I will be told that this is an additional area where my performance is not up to standard but if I do add this work to my day the areas where there was already a concern about my performance will slip even more. Is my boss setting me up to be fired and/or quit? How do I handle this situation? What do I say to either clarify my work priorities or ideally get this work off of my desk?