Will, a manager at a tech firm in Illinois, discusses his challenges in dealing with his employees.
For months, my boss hasn't shown much interest in my problems dealing with my employees. They are disrespectful and talk about me behind my back. Through all of this aggravation, I was waiting for my boss to support me.
Last week, my boss (who works off-site) made a rare visit and took me to lunch. He dropped a bombshell: Three of my employees wrote him a letter making false allegations about me.
I was shocked. I've realized for a while that my staff doesn't like me, but I never thought they would connive to ruin my reputation.
My boss said he didn't know what to do. The allegations are serious—and totally made up. But it's my word against theirs. I can't tell if he believes me. He seems to wish this problem would just go away.
So now everything has come to a head. I've tried for months to adjust my supervisory style to appeal to my employees, but that has gotten me nowhere. To this day, I still have no idea why they detest me so much. I've always been a successful manager at other companies until I came here and took this job (which I regret!).
Anyway, I think I'm going to quit. I know, I know. I should fight this thing. But my boss hinted that if I left on my own accord, he would give me a strong reference and emphasize all my contributions to our success.
Looking back, there was a cultural clash from Day One. The tech workers here resist authority; they think they know it all. I've always thrived in more traditional, hierarchical environments. That's where I belong.