I'm currently struggling on how I can add value to my team and starting to feel concerned for my job. I have a 1 on 1 with my manager but need your help to see if (a) it's the right approach and (b) what's the best way to phrase my concerns.
I was hired to help design a new system, which was cancelled due to internal politics. Since then, my boss quit and I have been filling in the gaps for my team. Unfortunately these projects have been very small both in size and impact. I had a conversation with my manager on where I fit with the team and showed my frustrations of not knowing where to add value. His answer was that I had to be patient, that more work is coming and he has plans for me.
3 months later, nothing has changed. In the meantime, my colleague, with whom I started off at the same level, got promoted and has been getting more and more responsibility. I noticed that my boss has been relying on her more for new and bigger projects, while I am left in the dark. I am starting to panic because of this, especially since all of my other colleagues are relying on her as the go-to person for everything and my position is slipping away (funny how a small title change also changes people's perception of you).
I plan on having a 1 on 1 with my boss again. I know what I want to ask, but don't know how to phrase it. I don't want to come off as incompetent. I just want to know if there are more opportunities lined up or if I should start making moves. My questions to him:
- How do you see me fit in with the team?
- How can I grow into more leadership opportunities + bigger projects?
- (debating if I should mention this) I've been considering a lateral move. Thoughts? - kinda nervous about this one since I dont know how he'll react
Thanks in advance :)