Am I being undermined at work?
December 28, 2013 3:25 PM Subscribe
Something upsetting happened at work that makes me feel totally undermined, but I'm not sure how to handle it. Can I get some help from the office politics gurus of MeFi?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Leaving the details vague for anonymity, but the situation is like this. We are a small company, somewhat entrepeneurial in nature. I am a mid-level professional who was basically given carte blanche to develop the company's entry into a new market area. Everyone was eager to jump into this new area, but nobody had been focused on doing it yet, so it didn't start to happen until I came on board. After a year of hard work I started to make significant headway and had a well-developed strategic plan (developed in close concert with my direct managers and coworkers involved with the project.)
All of a sudden, I find out that somebody much higher up than me in the company has embarked on the initial stages of a project that is pretty much 100% opposed to my project. Meaning, if his project goes forward, mine cannot, they are that opposed to each other. The nature of our work means they cannot coexist. And in my opinion (based on my immersion in the area, vs his basic lack of knowledge of it), his project is just all wrong and won't work AT ALL, and also stands to damage our company's reputation. But at this point, it is not clear if his project is ever actually going to go anywhere. This guy is REALLY high up, and I have no contact with him (never seen or even emailed him in my entire time here, but everyone defers to him.)
I bring all this up with my managers and they completely brush off my concerns and even sort of accuse me of being disloyal. I explain that I feel like I actually cannot do my job if the other project goes forward, and they tell me to calm down and not to worry.
So what am I supposed to do?