Help! I think my boss is going to try to fire me tomorrow!
December 4, 2007 5:17 PM Subscribe
After a short encounter with my boss today I have reason to believe that I will be fired tomorrow. In this particular situation, would it be better to quit or be fired? (sorry, kids - semi-lengthy post!)
posted by lolalivia to Work & Money (24 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have been at my job for five months total – two months as a temp and three months as an employee. My supervisor has been a difficult person with passive aggressive and dismissive tendencies since I started. In fact, I was initially only supposed to temp there for one month and after being told s/he would hire me if I did a good job, s/he decided to have me temp another month to see if was I “a right fit”. The agency literally had to twist my supervisor's arm to try to figure out why s/he had not made a decision by the end of the second month, which s/he finally did moments before going on a month long vacation.
I have fulfilled my job responsibilities and then some, yet my supervisor has continuously been horrible to work with. I know it is not just me s/he is this way with, but I have reason to believe that s/he is particularly unfair in his/her supervision of me. I know that s/he was good friends with the person who held my position previously (I will call her “Jane”) and believes that that person left because of political reasons brought on by my supervisor’s new supervisor who s/he consequently openly loathes. My supervisor continually implicitly and explicitly reminds me that “I am no Jane” in how I perform my job. S/he has openly declared this in front of other coworkers on at least one occasion known to me, much to my embarrassment. I have met with my supervisor’s supervisor to express my concerns from the time I was temping, and it seems like that person's hands are tied for now.
Because of a restructuring at my place of work, the majority of my job responsibilities have shifted to a different department and though my supervisor has told me from the beginning that my position would not be eliminated, there is a very likely chance that my position indeed will be eliminated. I do not mind this as my favorite responsibilities were those that I no longer have and I have been actively sending out resumes for the past month. I have adapted the stance with these prospective employers that “my job is being eliminated due to internal restructuring.”
I received two days of training for this position which was insufficient and I am the first to acknowledge that most of my early mistakes made were likely a result of this. I have gone out of my way to communicate clearly the information that I need to do my job and to avoid having to ask questions of how to do anything more than once. However, even now there are always new things to learn. When I ask my supervisor for clarification, the standard procedure is to email my boss for clarification, check in a few days later, email the question again and finally corner him/her to get an answer. I maintain professionalism in this though I think it is completely ridiculous. This can take anywhere from three days to 3 weeks and has resulted in some crisis mode acting to get the job done.
I thought perhaps this was an accident until the past two weeks where this has happened in situations that upset other coworkers (and the responsibility ultimately came back to me) and situations that made me look completely unprofessional (such as showing up fifteen minutes late to a meeting that I was supposed to be at but was never informed about/invited to). I now believe my supervisor is trying to get me to quit my position and I am pretty sure s/he is going to try to fire me if that does not work. I have communicated my frustrations to the staffing firm who will put me at the top of their list to temp again if I am fired, just in case.
I have a meeting with my supervisor tomorrow to discuss “a whole list of things brought to her attention about my work that are of concern”. I asked if s/he could give me a heads up as to what might be discussed so I could think about it to which I was told that “there will be no thinking necessary”. S/he refused to discuss it further with me at work today.
I know I need to leave. I also know how difficult it can be to find a job when one is unemployed.
What do I do now? Please help!