Should I go to HR? I've been a high performer for years and suddenly had my title changed.
May 22,2018 at 3:16AM UTC
As part of a re-org, I was moved under a new manager and reported to him for slightly more than a year. Prior to this, I've consistently received positive feedback and have steadily been promoted (I've worked for the same company for 13 years). The one mid-year review I had under this manager was totally vague, but negatively toned. I explained I was surprised by the results and asked what I could do to address it. We worked together for the next five months documenting business cases, putting together a small novel of metrics, and crafting a new operating model for the team. None of these items had been previously discussed and also weren't stated in my annual objectives, but I worked 60-70 hours a week during this time to accomplish this without dropping the ball with any of my other duties. I was completely shocked to receive the EXACT same review at year-end. He added one sentence at the beginning and one at the end, otherwise it was verbatim. He delivered it in a manner that sounded positive (he didn't read it to me, it was casual convo) so I didn't realize it was the same until a week later when I saw it in the system. When I questioned it, he said we had "butted heads for some time", but didn't provide any tangible feedback.
We continued to work through the strategic details for the next few months when I was blindsided that he decided to change my title. I had been head manager of a team for the past four years when I was told I was no longer the manager, I would instead be an analyst. He was going to post a position for a grade level above me that "I was not eligible to apply for". He "wanted someone from the outside". According to him, the good news was that I got to keep my salary and my grade level. The extra frustrating part is that for my one year reporting to him, I expressed the need to hire someone two grades lower to perform my new duties and wasn't permitted to do so. I have been requesting feedback from my interim manager for the past three months and to date, have received nothing. The rationale I was given the day the news was delivered was that I was too slow to implement change. Two weeks ago he announced the new manager and she was someone who already reported to him. The day he delivered the news he sent an appointment to the team. I was working remotely (he had this appt. on his calendar) and I responded that if he added a dial-in, I'd call in. The request was ignored and no manager bothered to tell me for the next two days.
I've been a manager for 8+ years and have no idea why those responsibilities have been revoked. This new role is not challenging nor does it provide me with room for growth. The only thing that's clear to me is that I don't have a future on this team, despite all of my successes and accomplishments. I have been actively pursuing opportunities within the firm and externally, but it's been a slow process. Since I'd ideally like to stay with this firm, I'm hesitant to go to HR. I'm afraid it will hurt my chances during the interview process and/or it will go on my permanent record that I'm a problem employee. I've also heard rumors that HR will just side with management, but don't know if that's true. At the end of the day, I really want to know why he was allowed to make the changes he did, without offering me any feedback or give me time to improve in areas he felt I was falling short (but couldn't specifically communicate)? I feel embarrassed and disrespected, and also afraid I'm going to lose my job (but that last part might just be in my head). Any advice would be helpful!!
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