I’ve been in my current position for nearly four years now. The woman I work for is, for the most part pleasant, but a little on the controlling and seemingly passive aggressive side. I had been warned by others that she was that way but did not experience it firsthand. Since the pandemic, we have been mostly working remotely. My boss lady likes to have two touch base meetings via Slack per week. During these meetings, I never received any negative feedback or implications that I should be doing better. We receive our annual reviews in January. Imagine my surprise when my boss lady goes over my review and for the over all rating, I am only partially meeting her expectations! I was totally shocked! She never said anything to me during our 2x weekly Slack meetings and her critiques were vague. I asked her for examples, right then and there and she couldn’t think of any. She said she will send me a list after the review but never did. The overall gist I got was that she wants me to go into the office two days a week to “learn” from other employees (she herself is not ever going back into the office, she plans to retire at year end). Yet, she gave me no direction as to what specifically she wants me to learn and from which employee(s) she wants me to learn from. So, I’ve been going in two days a week and on some days it’s just me and one other employee in our department! Everyone else is still working remotely for the most part. We had a few weeks after the review period to write a response, but my husband talked me out of it. His rationale is, since boss lady is retiring at the end of the year, don’t worry she’ll be gone next year anyways. He doesn’t want me to make any waves since I carry the family’s health insurance through my job. I still worry because what if whoever they hire to replace boss lady decides to read last year’s review to get an idea as to what type of employee I am? Is this common, or would a new boss start fresh and make their own opinions? I’m worried I am going to get another negative review this year after being tainted last year. This whole review has really shaken my confidence. I toyed with the idea of looking for a new job but I don’t really feel like looking for a new job but will if I have to come January if review is negative again. My question(s) are – (1) what would cause a boss to surprise an employee with an unanticipated negative annual review and (2) how likely is it that the new boss will read last year’s review ?
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A hostile environment that makes you dread going to work.
I work in a very hostile environment. I am a Line Cook in an long time established restaurant. Recently, a new kitchen manager was hired. This girl is the absolute worst toxic, raciest, micro"manager" I have ever had the misfortune to work under.
First, she is still in college for business management. I am starting to wonder what is actually taught in those classes. I am a 10+ year experienced manager of multi-million dollar companies. However; my experience comes from moving up the ranks through work experience. I learned the legal aspects through other managers that I worked closely with.
Second, the restaurant is privately owned. She somehow thinks that the business laws do not apply to that type of company.
Ever work for someone who told you how to do your job, but never does it themselves? Yeah, that is the third issue we are having.
Next, she thinks she knows that "best way" to do things and if they aren't done "her" way, it is wrong. We won't discuss that the restaurant has been open and serving for 40 years before she came into the picture.
She hired her wife and promoted her over people who have been waiting for a promotion for years!
She took away everyone's overtime, now only her and her wife have overtime.
She has fired everyone who doesn't agree with her.
She runs with double standards, misinformation, disinformation, or NO communication at all.
She has favorites that will do special favors for her and they do not have to adhere to the "rules of her kitchen".
I went from 40+ hours a week to less than 25 and there is nothing I can do about it because ARIZONA is a "Right to Work" state? THAT is how a hostile environment is created and sustained.
I have to move to find descent work. This right to work crap is just another way to get away with bad business, and there is A LOT of bad business in AZ.
I am filing a discrimination claim, but I don't know what else to do.
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How do you tactfully ask for more money?
Nobody said anything about the amount of my raise. I just saw the difference in my paycheck. Yes, it fell in their corporate standard 3-5% but I expected more.
Since August additional responsibilities have been added not directly related to the job I was hired to do. My role is sort of a combination of customer service and account manager, processing orders and customer communications, being their advocate.
The first area added was compliance. This is handling reporting of things like conflict minerals, REACH, RoHS, PFAS, NIST, etc. The person who handled this before was terminated so I had no training. To do this I've been taking the historical records and making the rest of the process up as each request comes along. There's nobody else that can do the whole thing.
I did get trained on the second area, creating and closing jobs, before the previous person retired. The Master Scheduler drops the details into the log and I create the job, printing all the associated paperwork for the floor. (He handles some job creating himself as well.) When the jobs are completed, the paperwork is returned to me. I verify everything has been filled out and chase people down to complete it if it hasn't.
There are other responsibilities that I now have as well but they don't really take up much time to complete. The compliance and job processing duties combined are probably a half a person amount of work. I rarely take a lunch break anymore (I eat but continue working). I wasn't expecting my salary to double or anything like that (a dream) but I still expected more.
How would you approach your manager in this situation?
PS I also have to ask where my back pay is since the raise was supposed to happen in December. They pushed the process to February so all salaried employees are done at the same time.
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Several websites for job searching will only let you view to a certain point without asking for you to review your previous and/or current employers.
How do you do this honestly without burning bridges?
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When the culture of a company systemically negatively impacts the mental health of the people who work there, that’s a toxic work environment.
Even if upper management itself isn’t malicious, if the culture they’ve created allows bullies/narcissists to make everyone around them miserable because upper management looks the other way, that’s a systemic issue.
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I was employed while job hunting.
I have completed the interview process at one company and am waiting on an offer (or not, however it goes). Since completing the interview process this past Tuesday, I was let go from my current job. I know it’s going to come up in the background check, so what should I say to the recruiter if they call with an offer? I was thinking: “I can start on Monday March 11, as, due to unforeseen circumstances, I was laid off on March 1.”