Sometimes you need to go over the boss’s head

Dear Evil HR Lady,

How do I make this best of my new boss?

I recently accepted a position as the Assistant General Manager at a new hotel. I like my boss, but I honestly think he is in over his head.

— He is stingy with information and I can’t get a straight answer out of him on anything ever. He isn’t confrontational or rude, just non-committal and vague.

He lacks a sense of urgency when addressing problems. Some of the issues will result in our property having its franchise revoked.

He doesn’t seem to trust any of his staff.

He nitpicks the good employees we have, to develop them. He won’t confront the staff who lie, doctor their hours, and walk out in the middle of shifts.

He won’t hire enough staff to keep the doors open and leaves it to me to cover all of the open shifts.

I work 70 hours a week, and can’t manage to get the basics of the job I was hired for done. I am starting to catch flak from our district manager. My boss is the owners’ nephew. I was hired by one of the owners, not my manager, so I might not be the candidate my boss would have picked. Maybe I was hired to be my manager’s safety net? How do I make the best of this situation? My wife and I relocated to take this position and want to make the best of it.

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3 thoughts on “Sometimes you need to go over the boss’s head

  1. This is an opportunity.
    Clarify his responses with your best solution, all he needs to do is grunt yay or nay, nod or shake his head. If you don’t get it the first time, say it again.

    As our Evilone said, don’t seek the solutions, present them.

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