My employer is a vendor for a US-based organization that I work for as a contractor. The team consists of employees from client side, Employees from different vendors. I am one of the most senior people on the team. Recently client-side management has made some drastic changes. Below are their major changes occurred
- Fired Vice President(VP) and Managing Director(MD) and replace with new people.
- 75% of the work given to only one vendor. This is VP decision and not even the mangers or MDs which are under VP
Now this vendor who got work is adding his own new resources. Since then I've been seeing unhealthy changes in the team with a significant impact on morale. Communication between team members has become less transparent to the point where people are afraid to ask follow-up questions or give more details. It's getting hard to get people to cooperate or provide details for my day to day tasks without going above people's heads in the hierarchy. My team members are simply not willing to discuss concerns in an open and healthy manner. I've had trouble getting clear answers from the project manager and where I could previously get the information I needed from colleagues in person I now need to send endless emails which end up being CC'd to management. It feels like my team members have started competing with each other instead of working together.
All this is impacting my productivity and the quality of my work. Since the situation seems unlikely to improve, how can I ensure that my work doesn't suffer because of the team's low morale and uncooperative attitude?
Is there anything I can do to improve the situation as one of the senior team members even though I'm not part of the management structure?