I am a PM, the environment I am working in now is gradually becoming toxic, my Boss seems to be the main culprit.
- Briefly mentioned in another thread, he is now taking away flex lunch times. Thank you for your advice in that thread, but I am starting to realise now that the problem might be bigger and is more to do with the way he wants to run his company moving forward.
I have decided from that thread not to mention anything to my boss, but let him mention it to the team directly for him to see the reaction he receives at the next team meeting.
- He is hard to please, and is always unhappy about something.
To give an example of this, after getting the team to commit and deliver work for him on time, he will then complain that other pieces of work have not been delivered effectively changing the project scope without my consent and making me liable.
This leads to a lot of heated discussions between us, where I have to remind him that the project scope has changed.
- The team he is primarily leading, sales, is very low on morale right now. They are under performing, one team member is actively looking for another job elseware.
During lunch breaks, they are always complaining about him, complaining that he is too authoritarian in his approach.
The team that I am leading, the development team are high morale and consistently deliver, they are however starting to get affected by my Boss's authoritarian attitude.
- He has a difficult time respecting work/life balance, we are a small company based in the UK where our contracted hours is 40 hours a week.
However, the company does not pay well, and overtime is unpaid, yet he expects us to work 55 hours a week ideally, and says that we are not working hard enough despite delivering everything he has asked for on a week by week bases.
Many of my team members have extra curricular activities and are in relationships. My partner has also been complaining that I am working too many hours a week, and would prefer that I switched off and spend time with her.
I have made the decision to look for another job, but before I leave I want to improve the situation of the company, so that it is a more enjoyable environment for the rest of the team to work in.
Right now, I am doing my best to protect my team, showing reports (burndown charts, gaant charts, cumulative flow diagrams etc), giving recommendations on how we can improve our processes better etc Even if initially he agrees, it is not long before he sets back into old ways.
Any tips for anyone else that has been in a similar situation? If so, how did you improve things?