I’ve been working at a new job for the past four months, and at first things seemed to be going very well. They were happy with my performance and I get along great with the district manager. However, things have taken a very sudden turn and I’m genuinely concerned that I’ll be shown the door very soon. This is confusing to say the very least.
The first incident took place about three weeks ago when I was written up for insubordination. My manager sent an e-mail instructing me to do something but told me something else verbally, and when I followed the verbal instructions, her boss made the decision to write me up. At the time my immediate supervisor came in, told me what was up, and reassured me that it was no big deal, I was being placed on a 30 day probationary period, but not to worry, it would all blow over. I believed her. She told me that she knew how good of a job I was doing and that it would be OK, don’t freak out, etc.
Since that took place I’ve found out that a whisper campaign has been going on in one of the other branches (they handle payroll, etc) and they have been sending e-mails to my boss and her boss about every little thing I do, all along. We have met in person once - we communicate via phone calls and e-mail. My manager and her manager have dealt with these people before and roll their eyes at most of this behavior, but after a while you can’t help but believe some of it, right? After all, I’m still new at this and have had a minimal amount of training. When I was on the job for five weeks, the office manager quit and I was expected to step up and handle things. No raise, either.
The person I replaced warned me about these people - they did the same thing to her and she was eventually asked to find a new job. After she left, the office manager quit, leaving me to handle the daily office tasks. She also complained about the other office, and they did not treat her very well. Definite pattern going on here. The problem is that the main culprit is the VP of operations. She likes to gossip and stir up drama whenever possible, for any or no reason at all. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. I’ve only met her once.
Even worse, we got a terrible review from a client - it was about as bad as it could be. That shocked the hell out of me as she has always seemed to be happy and I’ve supplied her with what she has requested four times in the past four months. She requested help again and I took the opportunity to ask her a few questions. What she told me verbally was vastly different than the written review. :(:mad: I documented everything and sent it to my boss and her boss. One of them replied with “Thanks”. That was it. I followed up and asked if the usual protocol is to sit down with the client and go over the survey results; so far no reply to my questions.
Another manager is supposed to come in two days a week to help support and train me, but for the past month she has been coming in for a couple of hours and then leaves to handle other business. I took it as a sign of faith in my capabilities that they trusted me enough to have me handle it all. I came in early, stayed late, and have been very dedicated to trying to stay on top of all aspects of the business - there is a lot involved and I wear many hats.
About a month ago I asked for additional compensation, as I am doing more that when I was originally hired in. That definitely seems to be out of the question now!
Has anyone ever gone through this? What can I do to keep my job?