Right now I’m finding it so ironic that the movie opens this week and all week long news programs have been showcasing what to do with a difficult boss. Do you know? I need to know, badly.
Since I’ve been here at the new place for 90 days, my review came. And it hit me like a tons of bricks. Listed were complaints, examples of poor work completed by me, and expectations that were never revealed until said review. I was shocked.
I'd never received a bad review—nothing below average, at least.
This review said nothing positive of my work. Unless you count the ‘excellent’ I received on attendance. Duh, it’s only been 3 months and I did like it here and thought my work was good, so why not show up everyday?!? Well, they said my work is not good. And I can take that. I’m open to criticism and addressing problem areas.
What I’m not open to is letting me in on all that the day of my review, 90 days later. Is it just me or is it up to managers to address problems when they happen, let the employee have a chance to respond and turn it around, then if the problem still exists, then and only then can they mark it as a problem in a review? Basic Management 101 tells you that.
Oh and their examples, oh the examples. You’d think this was, well, let me just give you a few and you can come up with your own conclusions:
‘CC us on emails’; ‘Take initiative, don’t ask questions, but don’t take initiative without asking us the questions’; and ‘Let us see everything you do before you take on the task’.
And let me tell you this is the first time I’ve heard of them wanting to be CC’d on emails. And how contradicting is it to tell me I ask too many questions, but take the initiative but ask us questions first—and yes, let us see your work before you start a project. Am I working for Sybil or what?
What makes me laugh is that now everything is uncomfortable, the one Boss who was a wee bit mean at the beginning—remember the one with the email? She’s all nice to me now—ha, she wasn’t the one speaking or the one who wrote the review. The other one, the one that did? Well, she was the goody, passive one and now? She sure did let it all out on me and now hides in her office all day with the door closed (I am sure she is avoiding me).
I initiated a 2nd meeting about the review because it was 15 pages long, single spaced, and so I could only read the entire document later that night once I was at home. Those sneakies had untrue examples, conversations, and demands of me. Unh uh. But, yeah they did. So I approached HR and told them that I can only consider the review a first draft and until we can all come to an understanding there is no way that I can accept it. Yeah…let’s see if I have a job after the meeting.*
*I'm positive I'm a goner anyway.