How do I deal with this work situation?
October 20, 2013 8:34 AM Subscribe
How do I deal with someone who spends all their time "managing" what doesn't need to be managed?
posted by anonymous to work & money (18 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Recently a person in my company joined my very small project team, ostensibly with the idea of helping us. They are not my manager technically, and we are both mid-level, but they are one rung above me on the totem pole in terms of position and time here and my manager recruited them because they are too swamped to deal with our project.
Most of this person's "work" so far consists of "managing" us when we really didn't need it. And by manage I mean delegate out pieces of work and then sit back and bother us constantly about whether this or that has gotten done and what we have been working on that day. I get dozens of e-mails, phone calls, and in-person check-ins throughout the day. It is to the point where I cannot actually get any work done because I am so busy updating them about my work. The frequent interruptions wreck havoc on my productivity as well. In the meantime, the actual work this person is supposed to do to help us lies untouched because they are "too busy." I have more work than ever before. My team did not need this. We know what needs to be done, and we do it, and our project has so far been successful in the eyes of superiors.
The other couple people on my team are part-time on this project, so I bear the brunt of this and can't really do the united front thing with my teammates. New person has risen within the company, so this is reinforcement for their behavior and I'm not sure that sitting back and watching them self-destruct will happen since there seems to be institutional support for what they're doing.
My own manager is so far not very sympathetic, and tells me if new person is e-mailing me twenty times a day, then that's just part of my job now. It is simply a terrible way to work.
I loved my job until this began, so looking for a new job is the nuclear option. How do I handle this without going crazy? I want to tear out my hair already. Thank you.