They did it. They finally did it. Newish Leader and the mini-me’s have gotten rid of Manager!
Newish Leader scheduled an impromptu conference call for my team today. As soon as I saw the meeting invitation, I knew. I just knew. I started stressing and couldn’t focus on anything until the meeting started. When I heard it with my own ears, I just started sobbing.
After the call, Manager called everyone on the team individually to see how we were doing. We had an emotional talk. I learned from Manager that Newish Leader wasn’t only pressuring Manager, but was outright bullying Manager. It was abusive. Omg… Manager resigned after the most recent scathing evisceration by Newish Leader. It was the right thing to do. Manager didn’t deserve any of this, and no one should put up with abuse.
Even worse, Newish Leader has HR on a leash twisting things that teammates who recently left said in their exit interview in order to smear Manager’s reputation. Newish Leader is doing this so that recent team departures and low morale are blamed on Manager and not on Newish Leader. See, Newish Leader must never take the blame for any poor leadership. It’s always someone else’s fault. Remember when I wrote that Newish Leader came from a political and toxic ‘rank and yank’ corporation? Yeah, this is what where I work is being turned into now. Newish Leader was so glib about delivering the news; couldn’t even fake some compassion – just heartless and full of shit.
There’s so much more that I can’t even write about here. Suffice it to say, my days are officially numbered. I can’t wait to get the hell out of here. I’m jumping on the first job that comes my way. I told Manager about my stress levels and that I’m looking for another job. Manager was totally supportive and understanding. I won’t have to sneak around Manager to do interviews anymore, at least. On the other hand, Newish Leader will be watching me like a hawk… Sigh…
I’m done for today.