Work has gotten very interesting. My new boss is on vacation. While he is out, several things have been discovered on his projects. First, I had a long talk with the Executive Director about how I have felt I was demoted and my concerns with this new hierarchy. Some of these concerns include M’s inability to meet administrative deadlines. Admin stuff is boring and takes time away from the program stuff, but we employees like to get paid so the timesheets need to be reviewed and signed off on. Also, money needs to be transferred when requested or checks will bounce.
Today we learned that the two projects that he’s focused most of his time and energy on are screwed up. I questioned him when he asked that I send a document to the designer as a “placeholder”. We have never done that in the past–it’s always been proofed and in it’s final version beforehand because we get charged for any changes we make later. He said that we wouldn’t be charged that the designer knew it wasn’t the final. However, as of this week, no one had proofed the document–and I hadn’t the means to do so. A coworker started the proof this afternoon and found some serious errors that will throw off not only the document I sent but some graphs/charts that were created using that information. Not only that but it turns out that in another section, he submitted a “final” document that was an older version than what people had been working on.
The other project is suffering from the same problem of an older document being sent as a “final” piece and people having to re-do their edits. I’m supposed to be doing a straight copy edit, but I’ve found quite a few other issues. Only one page escaped my pink proofing pen–and that had a full size picture on it.
He’s not going to be fired, but I think that this proves my point that he cannot do this job on a part time basis. He has too many irons in the fire and needs to delegate some of his responsibilities and manage projects a bit more rather than do them. He’s got great ideas and vision, but lacks on the follow through.
I’m pretty sure that he’ll remain my boss for the foreseeable future, but I know that there will be some more coaching. One of my concerns that is the fault of the Executive Director is that M was never told what each of his team members’ performance goals were or what their roles really are.
So we’ll see what happens, but a lot of people are up in arms today-and I’ve had to put in some extra time today to help keep us on our production schedule. I don’t mind since it’s so rare that I’m asked to work extra, but it could/should have been prevented by better planning and attention to detail.