I have just finished my first week with what I see as a great company that is poised for tremendous growth. Currently there are only 4 full time employees, including myself, within the office and around 8 outside in sales or operations.
Every company has that one “go-to” person that knows everything that’s going on, they can get away with a lot, I’ve been told that she has run every other female out of the company by bullying them and the boss leans on them a lot. I can see where all of this is true about her.
There’s the ”FIXER” employee that has come in recently, made some big changes that have resulted in big growth for the company. There’s me, the new guy that was brought in to complete a couple of key task that will open the door for my real reason for being hired to manage a new growth channel for the company. Then there’s the owner, the CEO, the boss, the Mac Daddy.
• The “Go To” person has the worst attitude, is always mad, looks tired all the time, complains when you need help, has been caught in a lie in my first week and she’s the only employee that has stayed with this company for more than one year.
• The FIXER has spent more time telling me about all of the things that he’s done to make the company better, telling me where the problems are with the company, who is the problem, complaining about his pay, continually trying to show me proof of all he’s done and pridefully boasts “I DID THAT”.
• The big cheese is narcissistic. No other way to define it. He will say “drop everything you’re doing and finish this right now and two days later he will ask how another project is going when you still haven’t finished the one he told you to drop.
I actually enjoy the company, I get along with each of them and all I have done is listen and encourage rather than jumping on board with one side - the Go-To or the Fixer. I just want to work, complete my task and grow the right way but it’s obvious there’s a problem now, that problem is causing me to feel awkward, if I need to ask a question I can’t get an answer because they complain so it’s going to cause me problems sooner rather than later.
Because of the future that this job offers me when we begin to franchise (which is what I was brought on to do) I know that this company has so much potential, franchisees will make great money, it will grow fast and hopefully I can grow that culture without the other two but they are bringing down any hope of us getting where we need to be.
How do I discuss this cultural issue with the owner? What do I say? I don’t want to complain, call others out or hurt myself in saying anything but I feel like I have to say something. It’s toxic and shouldn’t be. Yes, it starts at the top and maybe there’s no hope in saying anything and I should just focus on my work but when the other two are hurting my work, I am not going to let that bring me down or break me.
What do I do, how do I say it, should I say anything, can I fix this?
Please help because I see a great future that I don’t want to walk away from. I know I’ve repeated myself and I hope you understand my story. I just want guidance.