So I have a new-ish boss, Dave. The one he replaced, Sally, was a company veteran and knows everything. Dave, however, is new to the company and industry and is trying to catch up.
A few months ago, he said that my coworker, Maggie, complained to him that I bother her too much with questions to which I already should know the answers.
So from there, I hardly said a peep to Maggie or to anyone. Sometimes stressing about if I should already know the answer or how I would look if I did ask someone.
I never said anything to Maggie, didn’t want to ruffle any more feathers.
But I was SEETHING. GRRRRRRRRRR….
Well, yesterday Maggie tendered her resignation and because she’s going to a competitor, she was forced out today. So, I figured “what the hell?” and called her to get the scoop.
Turns out, she didn’t say that exactly. Maggie is very senior so Dave would ask her how Rex is doing. So she mentioned to him that I was asking her questions but already knew the answers.
So my boss’ misinterpretation not only caused me undue stress but caused a rift between me and Maggie. AND he used that to give me a negative review.
Son… of a batch! (sic)
Turns out, Maggie has gripes about Dave too. She’s bled for the company for five years and this year especially and in her review he wrote only four sentences with some negative impressions. Meanwhile, Maggie has been a rock star and he could have written a glowing chapter on her if he spoke to the previous boss, Sally, who is still at the company. Now, I don’t know if he did or he didn’t, but where there’s NO smoke, there’s NO fire.
Perhaps he just wanted to instill a little “fear off the boss” in me to drive me forward. Which, if he did, it kind of worked. But if not, then he’s a jackass.