Question: What do you do when you have a highly responsible position working for a company that has very limited internal structure or rules and a boss who is sometimes deceitful and difficult to work for?
I have no internal resources such as a human resources department (I'm the person who handles that function), and I work in an "at will" state, where an employee can be fired for any reason at any time. When I voice my opinions on improvements that can be made within the company, they are usually rejected. When I request assistance with my position (which is a catch-all of office management, hr, receptionist, admin. assistant), it falls on deaf ears.
My boss has never been straightforward with the employees and behaves in a somewhat deceptive manner. I have co-workers who would rather "back stab" than attempt to have productive working relationships with each other. I can't rely on what I have been told and never know what to expect on a daily basis.
The biggest problem is that I desperately need the job for the money. I realize that resignation is always an option, but I haven't been able to find another job with comparable duties or pay.
The latest event is that I have been advised my position is being restructured, yet somehow, that really meant I was being demoted. Recently, I received a raise, but got even less respect due to a lower job title. I really think I'm being kept around only for my skills and knowledge, and I feel I'm being used. Now what do I do, or what recourse do I have? -- Anonymous