...but I love everything else about my job and I don't want to leave it! I'll just quickly list boss's attributes:
- Absolutely radiates negativity
- Consistently in a bad mood (I'd say like 80% of the time)
- Sarcastic, condescending
- Micromanaging silly, trivial things (my biggest pet peeve)
- Asks sarcastic rhetorical questions when he feels you screwed up (which is always because...)
- Impossible to please
- Nothing is ever his fault. Case-in-point: he borked a server migration by missing the DB part (only moved the frontend stuff, like web UI) and blamed vendor documentation!
- VERY poor communicator: hard to reach, gives vague instructions, not enough info. Constantly on DND in IM/chat.
- Widely disliked in the company
I am sending him daily emails now about what I'm doing, trying to gain his trust. I've read in multiple places that over-communicating things (everything?) is helpful with a micromanager boss. I can only do so much though since he is such an incredibly poor communicator. God help me, I am trying to find solutions and "build a bridge" with this man but after a whole year at this job, I'm almost not sure it's humanly possible.
Of course my story here is one-sided, so take that into consideration I suppose, but I will say one of our absolute best technicians (I work in IT Ops) quit a few months ago. He and I were fairly close and he confided in me before he left that the only reason he was quitting was because of our boss. Also, we frequently commiserated about the IT director (our boss) before that. Lastly, I know said ex-coworker was extremely critical of our boss in his exit interview, but it doesn't seem to have done much good, if any.
All that said: I do not want to quit, so please don't suggest it! My questions are:
- Is there anything that can be done to fix this? I know there's no definite answer here, but in general. How does this typically go?
- If there is hope, what can I do to fix the situation? Other than over-communicating things, which I am already trying to do.
- Perhaps I can use some kind of metrics to prove I am doing a good job? We use tons of software for tracking things.
- What are my options as far as filing a formal complain or requesting a different boss? What if I got another job offer and demanded a different boss or that I quit? This is a small-medium sized business so I'm not optimistic on that front, but it easily could come to that.
Any other feedback appreciated. Thanks.