Man Your Battle Stations

churchillThis is going to be a work update. Our new manager started in August and while she has been settling into the job the office has been in chaos. It has been interesting to see how people are trying to make themselves seem wonderful in her eyes, as if they are the perfect example of “Employee of the Year.” Oops, maybe they are trying so hard because the new manager actually was selected as “Employee of the Year” at her previous job. Anyway, it has been more of let the backstabbing begin and then the mudslinging starts.

Our office has been in transition for a while. We had the old manager leaving and the new manager coming on board. The plan was for the old manager to continue to come to our office for two days a week to help the new manager learn her position. That idea, while great in theory, lasted about two weeks. The old manager has done much of the training by phone and teleconference. Another area of transition is with our doctors. One is leaving to work at another community site. His replacement, while we know who it will be, has not been fully credentialed at our facility or with the insurance companies, so that has caused a delay. The physician leaving wants us to slow down on giving him new patients and our other physician is taking on the majority of the patients and is feeling overwhelmed and overworked. Our head nurse doesn’t like our new manager and has already complained about her to the director of the center. Added to this are rumors of cutting staff and people are worried about their jobs.

Employees are trying to get the attention of our new manager and they don’t necessarily care if they throw another employee under the bus in order to do so. Tension and animosity is growing in the office. I had one employee straight out lie to try to get out of doing a task that she was given more than a year ago by telling our manager that she “volunteered” to do it because my section was too busy and it is time we took it back. Of course, I was called into the office and questioned about this. I explained to my manager that the task the employee was given had never been my sections to do and that she was given the task because she didn’t have enough work to do and they were trying to justify keeping her position full-time. I also let the manager know that there had been a nasty, hostile confrontation with the former manager and the employee in June during my weekly meeting and to please verify it with her. She did and now she knows the truth. As for the lying, co-worker, I discuss work and only in front of witnesses. Any further conversation doesn’t happen. I keep our interaction limited and the door to my office closed.

I had high hopes that things would be different and sort themselves out once the new manager came on board, but that isn’t the case. A number of co-workers are looking for other jobs. They used to hide that fact, but now it is being discussed out in the open. Their feelings are if the manager knows, maybe something will change. I’m getting tired of waiting for the change to come. In my opinion, the wrong people are looking for other jobs. The one’s causing the problems are the ones that should be looking elsewhere. I spoke to my husband and he knows that I have set a date in my head of when I will have enough. Either things get better or I start the search for a new job. As always, he is supportive. And I love him for that. It makes it easier to go into work every day. Until then, I have made the quote below my new motto and have put it on the bottom of my computer monitor where I can look at it each day. I also have it written it Italian, which makes it harder for people to know what it says:

“Sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction.”

 “A volte e meglio reagire con nessuna reasione.”
 
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About lenalee91

Wife, mother, avid reader and maybe one day an author!!

Posted on September 23, 2016, in Life and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I feel for you. My experience is that the reason the wrong people leave an organisation is because they are highly employable and the reason the ones who should be looking elsewhere stick around, is because nobody would hire them. There’s no harm in testing the water to see what else is available. In fact there is no harm in dusting off your CV and being interviewed. Having the confidence to believe you’ll be snapped up is half the battle. God, I sound like one of those employment gurus you used to see on Oprah.
    By the way your husband sounds great. Often mine will pour me a drink as soon as I walk through the door and say – how was your day at the office honey?

    I’d hire you.
    JP

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    • Aww…thank you JP. Your words mean so much. 🙂 Unfortunately you are right. The good employees leave and those that stay are the ones that have been passed around from one department to another. I worked on my CV today and will start seeing what’s out there. It’s weird timing because we just got our yearly reviews and while being told you’re a wonderful employee and an asset to the company, you think things are going to get better only to realize they probably won’t. At least I have a “Exceptional Rating.” That should help with the job search.

      My husband is wonderful. We usually vent to each other while he’s driving home and I’m cooking dinner. Once he gets home, no more work talk. Hugs to you and Guido!!!

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