Lately my manager has resorted to micromanaging the c-ap out of me but will not provide any form of support or guidance when needed. I feel as if he is goading me to quit and is making snide little remarks pertaining to it. I’ve been here for many years and my reviews have always been above par. I honestly don’t know where this is coming from. It’s taking everything I have not to quit because I enjoy working alongside my colleagues and frankly I need this job. I’ve tried speaking to him about it- but I am pretty much given the whole “lucky to have a job” spiel. Anyone have suggestions on how to handle this further? Is HR an option?
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The company is full of redundant positions they need to slim down. Take a look at project management do you really need that department? How about removing the vice president of project management and the director's blow him they don't do anything. Those people and those jobs can be embedded in the Department's they support.
Saves a lot of money
Surprised no new layoffs or furloughs yet - seems like company is still very top heavy with lots of redundancy + near term still going to be very rocky.
MGM furloughing more execs today: https://www.ktnv.com/news/coronavirus/mgm-resorts-to-furlough-approx-140-vegas-area-manager-positions-citing-slow-business
HR exists to protect the company from employees NOT the other way around. Unless you love the gambling business, target technology companies with an aggressive job search. I know so many who have completely left the industry in 2020 and are much happier for doing so.
The pressure among gambling suppliers is going to get much worse in the near term, meaning even lower morale and more pressure on managers to cut the fat. Your performance reviews also do not matter at all, you can be a perfect performer and they can still easily get rid of you. Often comes down to simply who the boss likes regardless of any value you or another adds.
I agree with the poster below me who recommended going to the manager above yours with your complaints before going to HR. Write down all instances of your boss over-micromanaging you, abandoning you when you needed support, suggesting you quit, and insisting you're lucky to have a job. Be as specific as possible and include dates. Once you have a good list, pick out the ones that you think will "pack the most punch" (management will be less likely to listen to a laundry list of weak examples) and bring them to a discussion with upper management (make it a calendar event that isn't visible to your manager so you have a paper trail). If upper management fails to do anything then I would go to HR (again, another calendar event for the discussion for a paper trail).
If this all fails I would start pushing back on said manager. There's an old saying "scared money can't make money" which I generally find to be true: your productivity will start to drop if you hate your job so there's a good chance this problem can affect your future performance review either way. If your performance is as good as you say it is then the upper management in your department will not be eager to let you go (even if they did nothing to remedy the situation), especially if the person asking to fire you is the manager who you already complained to them about as being too hard on you.
Are you in project management? Can you transfer to another department? Have you tried going to your managers supervisor? I would start there before going to HR as Scientific Games Human Resources is no help
So sorry to hear you are dealing with this. This tactic is not uncommon and not specific to SG. Companies due this to get people to voluntarily quit as I THINK it absolves the company of unemployment insurance/payment costs. Regarding HR, HR is there to protect the company and not you. However, having your situation documented may help you IF you decide to resign due to the supervisor's behavior, and may require unemployment claim and benefits.
I hope this is helpful and that your situation (regardless of what you decide) improves!