Hi fellow fairies! I’m trying to figure out what the appropriate level of candor is with my colleagues and boss without having to learn the hard way.
Some context: I work at a small (30 people) multi-pub media company and was hired to head up the digital products. The legacy publishing world is an interesting one because of all the different dynamics. The rapid pace of change in an industry that has for the most part followed the same formula since the beginning naturally leads to tension.
In my one year here there has already been a big restructuring and a round of layoffs based on a new investor and company performance. Through all of this I’ve been one of the players to rise to the top and have my hands in a lot of stuff now that I report directly to the CEO. For the most part I’ve only received positive feedback and gratitude from my peers as my role has expanded. However, I’ve started sensing some animosity from certain colleagues and have been excluded from email chains or meetings that I used to be part of. There’s also this overall weird vibe where people are cutting others down, being short with one another or just complaining about people’s competence.
I’m not one for any type of drama or passive aggressiveness and feel compelled to pull a few people aside to be like “if you have any issues or complaints with me or how I work or that I’ve been given more responsibility, just tell me directly”.
I have a strong relationship with my boss and know I have his support of my decisions but I’m concerned about what he may be hearing from these other players. Is it inappropriate to request that he share their complaints with me? I welcome any and all feedback and want to understand where this negative vibe is coming from and how I can potentially address it without confronting my peers.