Job stuff.ErinPooh -- Saturday, July 20, 2002 -- 12:25:37 AM
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After my stint at my current company, palmist, I realize that despite how outrageous it is and the wrongness of it, nothing really happens to change anything. Even if you report her. They are right, she'll just make lives more miserable and nothing will be done about it. I hate to say that because it sounds so defeatist but I've come to realize it's the truth.
I am in the doghouse. My boss just selected a document I created to use as an example in Sales training and it was the wrong version. Significantly wrong. She asked me to proofread a bunch of these documents last week and I hadn't even started.
I may be cooked here permanently. She is now likely to have lost all confidence in both my ability and my accuracy.
I do not love my job today.
It's by no means the worst mistake ever made here, not even my worst mistake, but I am always out of synch with this woman. I have begun to believe that she thinks I'm backdooring her by helping people from other departments, specifically my last boss, for whom she has no respect.
I help everyone, for God's sake, and I used to specialize in helping people correct their mistakes. I became a champion groveler on other people's behalf. That's not serving me well working for this woman.
Palmist I hope you can maybe make a move away from that boss. I had a horrible boss and we were just not compatible. I could do no right My current boss introduced me to someone today as a godsend. I don't feel like my performance has changed all that substantially. It is amazing how much of a difference it can make to be in the right job with the right boss.
palmist, I had a manager like that once. She and I were just not a good fit for so many reasons. I wish I had gotten out from under that job sooner; it took me quite a few years to recover from the reflexive self-doubt I developed while working under her.
Really, really sucks. That followed me from my last job and I am still getting over it.
Every step you take ends up being the wrong one, just because . . . Terrible working with that. I hope you find a solution.
Thanks for the commiseration. It's probably time for a move, for all kinds of reasons.
In other news, I got an email from a recruiter last night, and I see that someone I know well is connected to him on LinkedIn. Think I'll vet him with her, but talk about timing.
Whew. We've been going through a funding round since last spring. The target was Sept. 1, but an investor started dragging feet, so it started all over again and we waited, and waited. We were still waiting on Friday, when I heard that we were in the red by $94.
Yesterday, we waited again.
Looks like the funds are coming through today, two days before pay day.
Whew. We might all be able to take a deep breath now.
My general philosophy about those kinds of things was always to give people as much accurate information as possible, as soon as possible, in order to avoid the inevitable (i.e., stuff slipping out, or the pernicious bastard cousin, Folk Start Making Shit Up) and allow staff to plan. We were never so close to the edge as you guys were, though. I'm glad it worked out.
That was also my philosophy. It really works to keep the rumor mill down, because my staff knew that the minute I knew something, I would pass it on to them.
What a relief, palmist.
We're still in startup mode (seems like we've started up about six times in the last six years), so we've borrowed to make payroll before. Nothing really new in that, but we were at the end of our borrowing ability. Eeek.
Good news is that the funding was bigger than expected, almost double.