Our new manager started four days ago. He is clearly still finding his feet, asking for our job descriptions and analysing our annual leave.
Yesterday at his first department meeting, which his boss (the owner of the business) and various other high up managers attended, he stated uncategorically that my team are overstaffed.
This really bothered me as I have been fighting for months to show that our team is actually understaffed. So his statement came across as outrageous to me. I did not challenge him at the meeting. I was concerned that he was trying to impress the boss, and the meeting was already in a semi-heated debate about a related topic. I did say that I disagreed. The new manager has said that he will do an audit over the next month to confirm the state of affairs as he sees it. I welcome this as I believe he's in for a shock.
How should I deal with this? Should I let the audit take its course and do nothing in between? Should I speak to the boss (my manager's manager) as he has told me to come to him directly in the past if I'm having staffing issues (he is the only one who authorises a new hire, but has been reluctant to do so because he is investing a lot of money elsewhere). Should I speak to my new manager to enlighten him about all the things he's missing, or will that be damaging to our new working relationship?
(I am responsible for scheduling the staff in my team and I'm already losing a lot of time that could be spend productively trying to figure out how to keep things going each day. I am concerned that regardless of the audit's findings my new manager has set out his stall and is going to stick to it. After all, he made the overstaffed comment on no evidence, and did not come to me before the meeting for audits I've previously done in past. I can see things only getting harder when they're already hard enough, so I feel that I should do something decisive, or start looking for a job elsewhere.)
Edit: I find that the other team members don't care as much as I do because they don't have to be concerned with the overall production, just their own work. I've had them agree with me plenty of times before, but I could also see them covering their own backs to agree with a strong personality. Its only when they're personally inconviencied by our being short staffed that they would actively complain about it. To be fair, if the scheduling wasn't part of my job I wouldn't worry myself over it either!