I am a first-time manager at a small company.
I was happy to receive the promotion, as I've worked in/around leadership positions in prior jobs and really wanted to progress to this type of role.
However, my position at this company is awful. I have no authority to fire, no authority to hire and while I can reprimand, I can't back it up with much of anything. This is a huge problem in the case of one of my employees, who is resentful and competitive towards me. He has serious work quality problems (his work has to be double-checked to the point where it's a waste of mine and everyone else's time), and openly disrespects me with a colleague of mine. He sneaks around and does favors for this particular colleague, and I strongly suspect it's solely to subvert my authority. In addition, he has expressed personal views so offensive that I am worried about my own career being ruined for even being associated with him. I have written explicit messages to the company's management about his ethics/behavior, and I have actively refused to sign on off any type of endorsement for him as an employee. The response has been a shoulder shrug or silence.
This is further complicated by the fact that my boss is a micromanager. Even when things are flowing well, he feels the need to swoop in and directly tell my employees what to do, or what could go wrong, etc. This is especially a problem with the above employee, because it becomes a situation where his attitude is, "Why would I listen to you?" because my boss is reaching out to him directly. My boss has acted resentful of my promotion which I suspect is an underlying motivation for this behavior. The CEO behaves almost the exact same way. Yet when I ask both of them about it, they agree they shouldn't micromanage my reports, that I'm doing a great job and then they stop...for a short time.
The end result is a circus. I am constantly trying to run around and get everyone else above and below me to do what they're supposed to do. I am constantly trying to cross reference everything with my boss and the CEO to get them to just stop handing things to my employees so my team can produce a finished project instead of being bogged down with 75 unfinished tasks.
I am reading everything I can on leadership (they aren't investing money in any type of training for me), but I am burning out and don't know what to do.