I joined the company over a year ago. I have the worst manager I’ve had in my 20-year-long career. He is incompetent, verbally abusive and downright vindictive if I happen to do something better than him. For some reason I am the only person he treats this way. He is causing me to hate my job, which honestly s—s considering that I left a good position with another company thinking I would be moving up. So here’s my question. If I approach HR with this will I receive help, or will I be placing a target on my back?
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Time I move on
Document with specifics including time topic audience first. Second don’t go to HR until you have multiple incidences. It will be thoroughly investigated. HR is there to protect the company, not your boss. And if he/she is abusive they are a risk to the employer. But document as much as humanly possible with specifics. Be prepared in case this doesn’t work or backfires but you will need to trust that the system will hold up and work. Ninety percent chance it will. HR is not your friend, but they do want to save the company from risk exposure.
Send to fair play. Agree with others on not trusting adi hr. At least fair play is anonymous and on record. Company is full of people like you mention
Depends on how well-connected the boss is. There are some powerful, vindictive people there, and if you're not in "the club", you can end up derailed by someone who is. I would not trust adi HR to resolve this for you. May be time to move on to greener pastures.
Don’t do it, it will only backfire on you. If you want to stay w adidas then apply for some jobs internally, be strategic. Of course document everything just in case but HR cannot really make any moves on your behalf they are only influencers.
Thanks for your thoughtful response. I do want to report this but I'd lie if I said I wasn't apprehensive.
I’ve been in the company 5 years, though I never worked in the US office (assuming that’s your location since this board is pretty much unknown outside the US). I think most people know managers who should never have been promoted to have that responsibility. Sounds like you might have one of these leaders in your organization. I’m sorry.
Of course you should feel comfortable to go to HR on this. This is one of he reasons they are there. And I do believe the senior leadership when they say they want to value and encourage effective and appropriate behavior from all employees, especially managers. There are many HR leaders in the company who would be in your corner. You should not fear any retaliation.
Unfortunately, just like with any other topic, not every colleague is always doing their job well - so it could backfire. This comes down to the people and the relationships involved. The stakes are low when you’re asking for help with a report or something and need to escalate....it’s somehow much more serious when we are talking about people topics. You’ve been in the team for a year, only you can judge if your HR counterpart is trustworthy. If not, then I would escalate above them - or find an HRBP supporting a different organization to get more neutral POV. You can also approach the FairPlay hotline.
My bottom line advice is that you should not have to accept this sort of treatment.