By Lilian Wamaitha
When you got that job, what was your first expectation? Mine was that my boss would be supportive enough to help me grow career wise by supporting me develop myself. I am sure none of us wanted to or ever want to work for someone who just comes to the office to heap work on them. Be it your supervisor or boss, he or she should also do their part, after all; you are all working towards the same goal.
This is Sharon’s Story
“I started working when I was still in campus doing internships here and there, which is the reason why I believe I was able to land a full time role barely six months after graduating. I have been working as a marketing assistant for about a year now reporting to the HR manager who is also head of the department.
I was doing so well at first until she left for greener pastures and then things just spiraled out of control with the new hire who was brought in to fill the role.
She is rude and out of control and spends most of her days out of the office. She treats me like a child and never allows me to contribute to any ideas. My employer is never around much since she travels out of the country most of the time attending conferences and doing trainings for her international clients.
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Things have become so bad that my immediate supervisor is always out of office, meeting clients as she says and has extended lunches and I am the one who suffers. I have to do all her work and if anything goes wrong I am the one who is blamed. It has come to my knowledge that she is never busy but is just looking for someone to handle all her work without her lifting a finger.
Last week there was a mix up with an event we were holding and it was her work to make the closing. An event that would attract over fifty people only ended up being attended by thirteen. She went ahead and called my boss and placed the whole blame on me saying that I was uncooperative and don’t take initiative of going above my role to make the business work.
I have been given one month to get my act together or face termination. I don’t know what to do anymore. My boss thinks that she is an angel and I know that she would not listen to me if I complained about her, after all that is what she has been made to believe. I have reached a point where my job is no longer interesting and I am feeling stressed every time I think about going to the office.
I know getting jobs is very difficult these days since I have been applying for so many without any luck. I am starting to believe that I am here to stay but I don’t know how to handle her behavior. And it’s not like I can say no when she gives me her work because that would just mean her going behind my back to say that I don’t obey her and it would serve as grounds for my termination.
How do you deal with a boss who is lazy and is out to sabotage you any chance they get? How do I handle her without affecting my career because marketing is where I want to grow at and I believe that as long as she is her, I can’t progress in my career the way I want?”
What would you advice Sharon? Is she right to leave her job or can the situation improve? Share your opinion below.