I'm in a predicament and friends give me either biased or "yes-man" advice.
I work for a fairly large company and have done on and off for years. I recently started studying for an online degree and thanks to the help of people at Vice President level of the company have been given a job in my chosen profession before the end of my studies. It's a complete transition, like nothing at all to do with what I was doing, and I'm incredibly grateful to them for helping me. I think I'm doing a decent job, and have had a few notable successes so far.
The problem? My boss. She's very nice, but I would struggle to explain her behaviour in a complimentary fashion to anyone. It just has to be experienced to be believed. Her favourite past-time is reading aloud as she types (badly), screaming guttural noises at her computer screen and writing illegible notes on scrap paper.
I've been very stressed recently. Twice in particular, both after she had been absent for a while, I stressed out so much I either got very emotional and panicked or couldn't sleep for the whole night. Her management style is completely maladapted to my personality and her own stress management is something that I can't stand. I have high blood pressure for the first time, have put on considerable weight and am too exhausted to study or work out. She likes to manage by embarassment and comparison, in her own words "I've had my fair share of humiliation and now it's my turn to humiliate you". Today's problem was expressed in front of a colleague. The problem with my file "couldn't possibly have come" from the original document. However, upon expecting the original document, it appears I wasn't wrong. She was. This happens frequently. My brain gets frazzled easily, and I need to address that.
This has really got me thinking about how I continue. I'm currently in a 6 month trial period ending in February. It sounds like their gearing up to make my appointment permanent, but her behaviour is making me question whether I should go back to my old job. Or talk to my mentor and her superior about being placed with a different manager in the same division? I don't want to let down the people that helped me, but am not sure I can withstand her management on an open ended basis.
I have come up with two options so far:
1) Put up and shut up. See if the situation gets better and know I'm not risking a hard earned promotion to just go back to my old job.
2) Speak with the Vice President who placed me there in the first place. Explain my issues in a professional manner, but risk sounding ungrateful and go back to my old job.
Which one would you do? Or do you have an alternative?