This is difficult and I'm new here so some context first before I ask the question.
I'm not very good at going to management to tell them stuff. I like to get on and do and listen to the politicking and positioning but not participate, the only times I stick my head over the parapet is if a colleague is being treated unfairly.
I've got a really "pointy haired boss" (sorry for saying that, but it feels the quickest way to describe him) and he went to the CEO to complain about me. This was because the CFO had asked me to do some presentations at very short notice (three days, 2x 1 hour powerpoints and deliver them).
It gets back to me about the complaint, because unsurprisingly, the CEO consulted with the CFO and agreed with the CFO. Mainly because the presentation was to the global group CFO's and I know these numbers intimately as its actually in my job title. The following day I got thanks from the CEO, CFO and COO about how well the presentations went down and now all the global group heads want to know our secret sauce - actually its their leadership.
Now I'm nearly sure that my boss neglected to tell the CEO of all the times he's got me to do his work on top of mine, meaning its always down to the line, just about getting my work in or getting it their just good enough and sometimes just past due date. Its always well received though - which often surprises me when I get the commendations passed from other managers. BTW my manager had decided I'm in a "hybrid role", no actual official paperwork about it. And from conversations, I think I'm the only one who knows this or has been told this. Not only that, there are quite a number of situations where I've uncovered things that haven't been done by my manager and he'll say that he's dealing with it, I leave it at that as I've learnt from experience that my life at work becomes much more miserable if I enquire further.
Its not a good way to work, the CFO does know about this as he's frequently had to attend my managers meetings that I'm running and then doing his work from the meeting outputs, my manager does attend, talking over the top of me as I'm sorting, shuffling and assigning work and assessing incoming work, that is actually my managers job description.
I feel its time I go to the CEO and spill the beans as to what's been going on and I'm at the point where I feel I have to say I can no longer do this particular job, working under these circumstances and I need to be reassigned somewhere away from my manager or agree that this isn't possible so leave on amicable terms. I really would prefer the former as the Senior leadership team is actually excellent and I do know that they will listen to me.
This situation is ruining my mental health, its making me doubt myself massively, the other members of my team "appear" to get treated differently. The work I assign to them to get done gets backlogged by my manager and it looks like he gives preferential treatment, but that's just a feeling. Its making me doubt my reality.
Frankly, I'm scared to knock on the door and say "Hello, I have a problem I'd like to talk to you about", but I feel that I would just end up sounding like a "stirrer" or a "Tell Tale". Frankly, I'm terrified to do anything because the repercussions will be horrible.
To add some additional context I'm a WFH single parent (no support) whose also schooling from home too, this is also impacting my ability to work as effectively as I'd like to.
After reading the above, I do think I'm justified in going to talk to the CEO and even folding in the CFO. It's just I'm not confident about being justified. I want to do this soon, with in days. I'm at my wits end and I don't think I'll have the time to be able to gather evidence and I know my co-workers will not be supportive and not want to be involved.
It feels like classic whistleblowing from my compliance training.
How can I achieve that next step which is the knock on the door to explain any of this?