VERY stressful week
Saturday, April 21, 2012
This past week has been just awful. It started last Friday when 2 of my senior staff handed me their resignations. They had both been head hunted by I can only presume our competitor who is looking to set up a lab at the zoo. But the main reason for leaving (other than the very attractive packages offered), was my manager (our network GM). They have had a complete guts full of him - his management style, he doesn't listen, he doesn't value them or respect their qualifications/experience, he talks around subjects and constantly puts spin on everything and never actual talks straight, he bad mouths staff to others and it gets back via the grapevine, he lies to people, he has no connection with staff, he's condescending, self serving, and doesn't know how to look after people.
But wait the's more, another senior person (same position, different lab) left just before Easter for the very same reason. He hasn't seen her exit interview form yet, but I really want him to before he goes to Auz next week to meet with his manager. Considering he is the recurring theme, something really needs to be done about this.
I really wanted to give him the heads up about it on Friday when he was in may lab telling my staff the bad news, but others warned me against it as they thought he would talk his way out of it, and use it against me. He doesn't take my direct approach very much, and I end up losing my cool as his weasely manner drives me nuts. But this time i was going to approach him in a different way, I was going to try and talk around the subject like he always does. Anyway, didnt do it!
He did however have the gall to ask both of my staff if the reason they are leaving was because of me! They both told him, not likely, as I am the best manager our laboratory and they have ever had! Which they have both already told me on numerous occasions, as well as when they gave me their notice. I believe them, as I know they like having good honest, open conversations, which is something I am good at, as I am not one for making up bullsh*t. So it's nice to know I am appreciated and liked.
Then Thursday morning I get a call from the senior staff at another of our labs, saying since my lab is going to be in a bit of a predicament in a few months when these 2 leave, and a month later another senior staff retires and another goes to the US to sit exams, should we perhaps consider restructuring our labs and joining forces. They wanted me to be the regional lab manager looking after both sites! That was a nice vote of confidence for me, but sadly a vote of no-confidence in the manager they currently have.
So my big problems are 1) ensuring my manager finds out he is the reason 4 senior staff have resigned in the past 12 months, 2) finding replacement staff (not easy as I have to import from overseas), 3) ensuring the rest of my staff are well looked and not too upset by the loss of their colleagues, 4) trying to avoid the competitor stealing any of my technical staff 5) working through the possiblity of joining forces with our other lab.
CRIKEY! No wonder I'm not sleeping well! It all seems too much! I just have to tell myself - one step at a time, I can't save everyone, it's not the end of the world. Boy oh boy, sure seems pretty close though.