My Manager is overworked and is managing too many systems.
In my managers mind I believe he thinks himself the only person capable enough to manage everything and he is unwilling to risk a more junior employee making a mistake that he has to fix.
How can I get my manager to trust me with some of his work?
In his defense he can manage all the systems better and faster than anybody else and he is probably the only person I know with his wide variety of technical knowledge.
This is a problem because:
- Deadlines on projects are approaching and I cant continue work on my part until he finishes his part. So I wait with a mountain of work that I cannot do.
- I create software to interface with the system he manages that never gets implemented because he is too busy to do the finishing touches, which I don't have permissions to do.
- New development projects are supposed to build off the system he manages but he hasn't even built or tested that part of his system yet so when people use my software it has problems because of his underlying systems. Generally, the underlying systems should be built and tested first and then we design and build the additional systems but this is happening backwards because he is too busy.
A consultant at my office tells me I am a greatly underused resource at the company and my manager should be giving me most of his technical workload. He has been a consultant for 30+ years and completely agreed with me on the situation and he is trying to help me change it.
I have asked my manager multiple times if I can take some his load or if I can do specific tasks for him but very rarely has he given his work away.
My manager likes me and considers me the most senior employee after him.
I am sure you can imagine how frustrating this is.