I'm in a hostile work environment and I'm not sure what to do. I've been w/ my co. 10 mos. and I hate it. To be honest it's been bad from the very beginning, and I know this isn't a good fit for me.
I have 10 yrs. experience in finance and I'm a finance manager, but my org. is chaotic. There seems to be no rules, or the rules only apply to certain ppl. I can ignore the fact that as a general way of operating, no one smiles or offers salutations because I'm here to do a job, but things have gotten worse, and I'm at my breaking point. I've been looking for a job since my 2nd month, but haven't found anything worthwhile and I'm starting to think that my current job is affecting my ability to interview and focus.
My boss constantly throws temper tantrums, yells, uses profanity, and makes derogatory comments about women on a regular basis. He's demeaning and talks at me or talks over me. When given an assignment to do, it's vague and when I ask for clarity or resources, I'm told to look up what was done last yr. or my requests go unanswered.
To make matters worst, I manage a team of four. They are burned out and treat each other horribly. I'm not surprised when upper mgt acts the same way. They're constantly bickering or calling out which leaves me short staffed. My boss doesn't offer much support either so I feel that I've reached the point of diminishing return.
So recently, I had a board member come to me and question one of my financial reports. I was asked for a draft of the Excel report I was working on, so I sent it. One cell had #DIV/0! in it and that caused a problem. Again this was a draft, which means I was still working on it and it wasn't due yet. So I the board member e-mails me and cc'd my boss telling me that my formula was wrong and that I needed to fix it. I explained to her that the error message is there because the value for that particular budget line is 0 because we hadn't spent any money, and so when you divide 0 by 0 you don't get a value. I told her that I was finishing up the report and had put an if then function in the final version so that the error wouldn't occur and the cell would show a 0%. My boss then comes to me yelling that I've presented wrong data and need to correct it immediately. Of course he talked over me, so I had to explain myself more than once.
I thought the issue was resolved because I responded to the board member and put the if function in (I also triple checked all the calculations for every cell in the report), but the next day the board member replied and asked me to change the value in the cell so that it calculates a value and not 0. Changing the value is wrong and would be presenting false data when the if function solves the problem.
This isn't the first incident where I've been told that my report is wrong due to some simple multiplication or division of numbers. And I would accept the criticism if it was true. I can do basic math, I have finance experience, and an education. These reports were being presented to the board prior to me coming onboard with the co and I honestly think that either these ppl don't understand the reports that they requested, or that they're trying to upset me hoping that I'll quit.
I find it hard to sleep, I have headaches all the time, I can't concentrate on the other responsibilities I have outside of work, my back hurts, I often feel like I want to vomit.
I was going to talk to HR, but I'm not sure and I don't think it'll be fruitful. My boss has been w/ the co. 10 yrs. and my position has had high turnover so something's not right. I do have 8 mos worth of income saved, but I'm not sure what to do here. Leaving without another job is becoming a real option for me because this is insanity.
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