I started a new position on March 1, and while it is in a field that I absolutely love, I am challenged by unclear direction, new expectations and interesting team dynamics.
Our manager is very "hands off". Normally, I would welcome this, but there hasn't been clear direction given on exactly WHAT I'm supposed to be doing. The department is going through a massive change and I think the department is tasked with recommending and managing these changes, but all we've received is a rather generic PowerPoint and being split into two sub teams. We were left to figure out the rest.
Which brings me to the team dynamics. My assigned team consists of two "seasoned" employees that have been in the department for over ten years, me and another new team member that joined the organization one week before me. Because our manager gave us this PowerPoint and told us to "run with it", there's no defined roles within the team, and our team meetings are all over the place. The two "seasoned" employees seem to be a bit "checked out" and not interested in the process... they just want the end result. The other "newbie" is clearly looking to bigger and better things and has started taking over a bit. She presents her ideas and doesn't really ask for input or help. She's already shown what she's done and passed it up the line without including the team. I, on the other hand, am still just trying to figure out what's going on. I'm not comfortable in managing processes when I don't KNOW enough to even start. I like to get the lay of the land before jumping in, so I am feeling steam rolled.
I want to contribute, but feel like the other new person has her own agenda and the seasoned employees don't care. My fear is that sharing this with the manager would make me look like a whiny brat that can't play well in the sandbox with others. Any suggestions?