I started a new job a few months ago and I'm bored out of my mind. I work from home and manage a small team of 4. I've tried to meet with my boss to discuss goals for this newly created position, but my attempts have failed as he never has time or cancels meetings. I've made several attempts via e-mail, IM, phone, and nothing so that's a dead cause because I'm not going to beg anyone to interact or talk to me. He says that he's busy and I understand that especially given the current state of the country, but no efforts have been made on his side. I'll say I feel rather unwelcomed here.
In the meantime, I've been completing the HR training requirements, having one on one meetings with my team to get to know them better and learn more about the department, and have started to document processes since there's no policies and procedures on the shared drive for the dept. I've also signed up for various company offered webinars to try to learn more.
My team is very self sufficient. They have all indicated that they have very little interaction with my boss in the 10+ yrs that they've been working with him. They also seem unmotivated and just keep their heads down and work on their few assignments, and I understand why.
I feel guilty for not doing more, and often times I'm bored. My boss sent me an e-mail about a month ago asking for weekly updates of what I'm working on to see if/where I have more time in the day/week to take on additional responsibilities. Since I've started sending the weekly updates, I haven't heard anything or even an acknowledgement that he's read them. I tried to refer back to the job description I was provided when I started, but it's vague. Not sure what else to do, and it might be odd to complain about not having more work to do, but I just don't have the type of personality where I like to sit around. I'm grateful for the opportunity, but there's got to be more than just moving the mouse and collecting a check. Am I crazy? I just don't know what to make of all of this. I'm not sure if this is a tactic to get me to quit. I just don't want to be blind sided and I've started to look for other opportunities because the silence and lack of interaction is uncomfortable. Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Any suggestions?