How should I handle a boss who flip-flops back and forth on issues?
Question: The company I work for had an office/staff restructuring about a year ago. I was hired as the office administrator. My boss is also new. He tells me that as an administrator, I should administrate. When I do, he doesn’t back me up and inevitably he goes in the opposite direction and has me jump through hoops only to end up right back where I started.
I’ll say, “the sky is blue.” He’ll say, “No … the sky is green, and why don’t you study up on the green sky and get back to me on why it is green.” Then he’ll come back a week later and say “the sky is blue” and a week later ask me how the “green sky” is going.
How should I tactfully and professionally tell him I’m frustrated and it affects the way I get things done? I am very confident in how I do my job, but to be honest, there are times when I’ll question if the sky really is green. — Paula