- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
Hi bees, New Bee here! (see the wordplay? haha).
So, I started a job last year as a department head at a public library. It is my first supervisory position. I was not looking for anything supervisory when I was job hunting, but I had been looking for almost a year with no success and I figured I would give it a shot as it would be good experience for me.
When I started my job, my predecessor trained me for two weeks, 4 hours each day. I was very grateful for that. When that ended however, I was on my own. One of my subordinates (one full-time and one part-time) was able to provide me general guidance but the bigger things were on me. One month later, my full-timer retired, and her position remained vacant for at least 3 more months. And those months were pure HELL. Because I was doing her job as well as my own, the work was done at a slower pace and some of my coworkers did not hide their disappointment (I process library books for the different library departments). One coworker even DOCUMENTED me about my performance and even said others were talking about my lack of turnaround time as well, and my boss called me for a meeting about it!! Fortunately, my boss was on my side, as she understood the difficult position I was in. For a while I was upset that she didn’t hire a replacement sooner, but I did not tell her this, as I understood hiring a replacement was difficult for that particular position. She continues to apologize to me to this day for my ordeal.
My new full-time subordinate eventually came on board, and things were great when it came to getting the work done. She learned everything very quickly, and she got the work done on a timely manner. My coworkers noticed the improved turnaround time, and began to compliment my performance. Great, right? Well, the only thing was…my subordinate would be extremely snippy at times, and still is sometimes. I’d say 90 percent of the time things are good, and 10 percent of the she gets moody/hostile. For example, I once asked her to clarify something she had catalogued. She snapped, saying, “It was catalogued for the _____ branch, there’s no need for you to ask me that.” Another time I talked to her and my part-timer about changing a certain procedure and she rolled her eyes and said, “Fine, whatever.” I said, “I feel like you’re not completely on board with this. I’m welcome to other suggestions,” and she replied “No, do what you want, I don’t care.” After a few incidents like this, I asked her to see me in my office, and I addressed her behavior (Not at all in a mean way). In response, she told me me she didn’t feel like I had the proper training to do my job, and that she wasn’t sure why my boss hired me. OUCH!
As a new supervisor, and a naturally very sensitive person, this is very difficult for me. I have documented her behavior, but I have yet to tell my boss about it because despite this hostile behavior, she does do the work well and on time. I’m partially concerned that if I tell my boss, she will use this against me (she’s that kind of person).
I have actually thought about leaving my job a few times, but I worked my butt off to get where I’m at and I cannot let this person ruin it for me. Plus, my salary is good, and the benefits even better (free health insurance and a pension at retirement). My DH and I are also planning to buy a house and TTC in the next 6 months. So, I’m not sure what is the best course of action to take. Sorry this is so long.
- This topic was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by librarianbee01.