A little help with a difficult supervisor
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August 5th, 2009 05:36 PM
A little help with a difficult supervisor
I love my job, I respect the management. I always do as I'm asked, and do it well. Here lately though my supervisor has taken it upon himself to control just about everything I do. He has control issues... I mean to the point of slowing down my work and progress. He has to know EVERYTHING... I mean EVERYTHING I do. I'll take care of an issue that has nothing to do with him anyway shape or form and he wants to know why I did it for no other reason then self satisfaction. It takes away from my time having to explain everything to him, especially when it's finished and there is nothing he could do further. Then he gets mad at me for "taking time" to get stuff done. It get's very aggravating. When I try to tell him not to worry about it I took care of it for you, he gets very angry and starts to complain. It gets better though...
Today for example I had a filing cabinet next to my desk that I just put there for some completed paperwork. It's about 3 feet tall and I set my PC on it so it's not on my desk. I have it pulled forward so I can reach it since it is shorter then my desk. I came back 3 times today after I got up from my desk and it was pushed back to the wall where I could not reach it. I kept wondering why it was getting pushed back. So I finally asked him, "Do you know why my filing cabinet keeps getting pushed back"?
"So I can see you, your computer is in the way"
"Why do you need to see what I'm doing"?
"So I know that you are working".
Mind you I've never had any issues not working, screwing off or other such non-sense. As a matter of fact I was just awarded a $100 dollar gift card by the upper management for doing an excellent job on my projects. I do my work and do it well. These are just examples of what I deal with. If my GM asks me to do something he'll take "I'll get it done" as an answer and leave me alone from there. Not my supervisor. He wants to know when, how, and why I'm going to do it.
He'll ask me for my opinion on something. If I say yes, he says no. If I say purple, he says green. If I say one, he says two. I can never be right or have a good idea, regardless of what others say or if I am right.
To add to it there is another girl on our team, about 30 years old and attractive. He never gives her any grief about stuff in the way, or for that matter any time he asks her to do something he'll take "ok" as an answer.
Personally I think it goes back to our training (we were hired and trained together) he got envious of the fact that I picked up on stuff quick, and did it well. Not only did I learn parts of his job, I learned my job in addition. The trainers we're constantly complaining that he wasn't getting it, that I should have his job etc... to this day I still have to show him stuff that he should know. I fix his mistakes all the time and all I get for it is
I don't know what to do anymore. I need this job, but can't work with this control freak. I've talked to my GM, and he doesn't want "tension" in the work place. The GM doesn't see it because my supervisor and him are buddy buddy. I don't want to go above my GM's head because he's cool, and don't want him on my case either.
Any advice would be appreciated!
August 5th, 2009 05:36 PM
August 5th, 2009 05:40 PM
If the GM and the supervisor are buddy-buddy, it's a losing game to speak to the GM.
Only thing I can say is try to endure. Otherwise you may find yourself unemployed.
Sorry, not much help I know.
August 5th, 2009 05:44 PM
With everything in place as you have explained...I see only two choices, take it, or find new employment...and these are not good job searching times.
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August 5th, 2009 05:48 PM
Are you union?
If so, contact a union steward and file a Step 1 grievance.
I'd have some fun with this stupidvisor.
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August 5th, 2009 05:49 PM
I guess I was looking for ways to deflate his over confident ego.
No we're not a union.
August 5th, 2009 05:50 PM
I'm afraid you have to take it or leave. There might be some hope of talking to his boss and getting away with it, but that is a big bet to be making in this difficult economy.
August 5th, 2009 05:53 PM
No offense, but it's dangerous to pick a fight like that with your supervisor. It's not your job to deflate his ego. If you try, it could likely shorten your stay with the company.
Originally Posted by Pro2A
What is worth more to you: deflating his ego, or remaining employed with the company?
Again, no offense, but you are setting yourself up to be on the short list if layoffs come.
August 5th, 2009 05:59 PM
I guess I should add a little info here... the only reason I have this job is because my GM's boss is best friends with my stepmom. No one on the warehouse floor knows this though... she is the deputy VP of logistics.
I want to say something to her on a personal level because this guy screws off a lot too. I end up picking up the slack. As I said though, I really don't want to create conflict on the warehouse floor, or with my GM because he knows I'm a good worker, but doesn't realize my supervisor is this way.
August 5th, 2009 06:02 PM
Since you can't win with upper mgmt., start looking for another job. In the meantime, when he asks your opinion, tell him "Well, I'm really not sure. What do you think" and when he doesn't know how to do something, don't do it for him. Tell him your not sure how to do that. Maybe there is someone else who would know.
You can't win, what is happening is mentally taxing, it is no longer enjoyable to work there so... try the above but don't burn the bridge.
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August 5th, 2009 06:03 PM
There's no winning those things until someone new shows up for the control freak to start messing with.
I would get my satisfaction thru pranks like having his car towed or put on blocks. But that's just the sadistic side of me
Seriously, it sounds like maybe he's worried about his job and so he feels the need to micromanage in order to justify his own existance.
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August 5th, 2009 06:04 PM
Unfortunately that's the way the business world is... You are in a tough spot, with your boss being buddies with the GM... he is your boss though and if you start a battle with him about this you will most likely lose....
Sorry for your problem...
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August 5th, 2009 06:11 PM
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August 5th, 2009 06:11 PM
I suspect he's taking credit for your good work. Stop correcting his mistakes and avoid offering any advice. Document everything he does, he's bordering on harassment IMHO.
August 5th, 2009 06:21 PM
I've never seen anybody who micromanages who is NOT dealing with a serious feeling of inadequacy. If s/he doesn't feel that s/he measures up, they put someone else down.
But, he is still your boss. Unless you have some serious job security, you will have to live with it until you find something else.
Or, he gets hit by a truck.
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August 5th, 2009 06:25 PM
My job security is good as I mentioned earlier. Our deputy VP of Logistics (my GM's boss) is best friends with my stepmom. She used to live across the street from us and I watched her daughter. Loosing my job is not an issue, they just don't know that. She is why I have this job, but I don't want to bring it to her attention until it gets out of hand.
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