Recently, my friend told me that his workplace was hiring. I gave them a call, sent in my CV and they offered me the job.
My friend’s manager, now mine, has been a bit of a nightmare. Training was not very thorough, I had lists of questions afterwards, so when I started work this week, I made multiple mistakes. The manager pulled me up for each and every mistake but never addressed the root of the problem. I’ve not had one word of encouragement from him since Monday.
At the end of this week, my first week, he called me for a “catch up” and told me he was concerned about my ability. I asked for more time to learn the role as it’s only my 5th day. He then talked about himself a bit and I managed to squeeze in a couple of work related questions. That same day I received a formal email stating that at my appraisal meeting we discussed the areas in which I am subpar and that this was essentially a formal warning. The owner of the business was also copied in.
I was not told I was in a formal meeting during that phone call. I have only been working for 5 days, and a lot of the mistakes I’ve made could be attributed to a lack of training on week 1. Within the email the manager also made some highly misleading statements; i.e frequent references to extra training which are the emails in which he highlighted my mistakes but nothing more.
I intend to quit. I have never quit a job after one week but it seems the manager has started as he means to go on. He has a good relationship with my friend and I’ve worked hard all week (and during training) to have a good rapport, so I’m not sure if he just doesn’t like me. Or perhaps there’s something on my CV he doesn’t like as I have also previously been a manager. Either way I will be leaving.
My question is, how should I convey to the owner that the manager has been highly misleading in that email? Or is it better to merely hand in my notice and say nothing? I do not want my friend to have any grief after I leave.