- 4 years ago
Hi bees! Im in desperate need of advice on how to handle a work situation. The quick version is I am getting blamed for things being done incorrectly. I thought they were getting done correctly. Yes, communication needs to improve, a lot.
Longer version is our workplace is very young and my boss is in the process of growing it. He took on a large project, 13 headdresses, which are to be worn onstage this Saturday. We are a costume/prop workshop, so these headdresses are something my boss has experience with, but we havent made anything like this in our year of being open.
Just when this project came to priority in the shop, my boss wanted to reorganize the structure of the shop. This was when a whole lot more responsibilities got placed on my shoulders. I had to take notes on each headdress which took 8hrs over two days. My boss is easily distracted, always looks at every text, answers every call so getting through the initial information took awhile. I would be organizing all of these notes and coordinating with the prop shop so things were done in the correct order and neither shop was waiting on anything to proceed. I am also in charge of handing out projects to the two workers under me in the costume shop.
We proceeded as best we could, my boss getting supplies. We would meet at least once a day to discuss progress and things were going well. Our progress gpt slowes due to my boss taking unexpected time off and changing his.schedule.day to day. I would barely have time to meet with him and get all my questions answered. I tried my best to write down everything he said. I have to have 30 pages of notes for these headdresses. We continued our progress until all the headpieces we could finish were done. Then he and I decided to help the other shop out with one of the mpre time consuming peices.
This piece is just making my boss melt down. Ultimately, he and I didnt take the time we should have.to.detail things out. We are running out of time to.have a meeting about things then for me to assign them. He was giving jobs out to the two.other workers and wasnt clear enough in what he wanted. There are very.easy ways to fix these issues.
However, my boss is very dramatic. He will start crying and has to place.blame somewhere when a thing doesnt turn out how he wants. He just loses it over the smallest thing. Today it was paper not.being cut to look like the.shingles on a windmill properly. I am just like, really? This.isnt a big deal why are you literally.crying about it. There was also an issue over tulips being placed in 2″ diamond pattern instead of 2″square pattern. They werent glued in yet so it was.fixable. He had to.say ” I an.not taking all the.blame for this.mistake, I clearly stated i wantes 2″ squares so it wasnt written down and communicated to.the person doing it.” It was a passive stab.at me since its my “new” job to write down everything and instruct everyone. The worker stood up to.him and I read what I wrote down but that didnt matter to him.
Today, everything was wrong. I feel like I am going to.walk into.a.shitstorm tomorrow and get blamed for things not being done the way he wants. He will have absolved himself of all blame and put it on me, saying he was clear when we talked and I need to.take better notes. I want to be prepared so I dont get emotional. My go to response is tears and I really dont want that.
This has really turned into a vent though I do need advice on how to deal with an overly dramatic, emotional, unable to.focus boss. How do I get him to focus? How can I ask questions I dont know I need to ask? How do I handle all of this added stress? Does anyone have advice on what I.can do.or say? Any.books I.can read or.websites that.would.have.advice? If you read this.far thank.you. Any advice at all will be appreciated! Thanks bees!