My boss is critical and stifles initiative. I want to talk openly with him but I’m worried about getting the sack
Each Friday and Monday we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts?
I am an experienced and successful salesperson. I recently started a new job, but my new line manager has turned out to be extremely negative and truculent, stamping on and sneering at all new initiatives. He has offered no help or training, and has barely spoken to me. He is workshy, egocentric and disillusioned. I discovered that the job had not worked out for my predecessor.
In a private meeting, I expressed concerns verbally and on paper. Since then, he has twice extended my probationary period for no clear reason, criticises everything I do and refuses to hold regular meetings with me or other team members.
His own boss, who works elsewhere, is reputed to be weak and to rely on my line manager as he has no personal knowledge of our area of work. Nevertheless, I have asked for a one-to-one with him, with the intention of raising a grievance under the company’s bullying and harassment policy. But I wonder if that will be resolved by simply firing me. A great injustice is being perpetrated, and I would be grateful for an impartial opinion as to what I should do.
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