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I have been with the organisation for around 2 years. It is a very reputed MNC. Since day 1 I have not got along with one slightly senior person who has now become my interim boss. She has made life hell for me..creating issues and finding fault with my work, micromanaging and criticizing me. There is a lot of politics in my team specifically (group of 4-5 people close to the boss and dictating things)..she is part of that group and taking help of the earlier boss..she gave me a bad rating..citing values and behaviour issues -- which is very abstract and difficult to prove or negate. No performance issues were pointed out.
I relatiated and fought back for rating correction ( by representing to skip level and HR) but no avail..as all are together and one.
Finally they put me on development program since I represented..so maybe they wanted to 'show' on paper that they are giving me a fair chance. A document was created where they said You are under our scrutiny and should perform well with respect to SLA communication etc etc and 20 other points. Also pointed out that onus is on me to better my relationship with my now manager and change my image in her eyes.
I feel like this is just a facade to get work out of me (I'm being asked to do lot of operational and manual.and menial tasks with no value addition in terms of knowledge). I have a feeling this might lead to a PIP..they mentioned that if development program does not go satisfactorily ..PIP is next
Meanwhile I have got a job offer ..but a role similar/a little lower than my current...my job stream will get changed a little from HR to a business analyst role...dealing with data..
I feel it's more administrative work and little lower level than what I'm doing right now. (Job movements are usually about a higher role and in a stream that you desire to work/grow in)
Should I move to New job or resign and keep looking for another thag fits my profile better/in line with my career growth. I'm currently still in beginning of my HR career. Please advise.
Also any way to get out of this mess/PIP. Lot of politics here.

From India, New Delhi
Dear member,

Your post is too long. It appears that you are distraught to the core. Nevertheless, your post merits repllies by taking out a few sentences from each paragraph.

Your have written "She has made life hell for me..creating issues and finding fault with my work, micromanaging and criticizing me".

Reply: - Being in HR, you could be well aware that when personalities differ, it leads to the clashes. Possibly, your boss could be perfectionist. Your initial mistakes might have developed bias against you she might have become far more cautious. This led to pointing out more number of mistakes. Nevertheless, as a HR professional, what efforts did you take to reduce your mistakes? Did you make a note of the mistakes? Did you make efforts to avoid repetition of the mistakes?

You have written "A document was created where they said You are under our scrutiny and should perform well with respect to SLA communication etc etc and 20 other points. Also pointed out that onus is on me to better my relationship with my now manager and change my image in her eyes"

Reply: - If 20 points are under scrutiny then it merits serious introspection. It clearly shows that you were out of sync with the requirements with your boss who does not acquiscences the mistakes. Many professionals forget that loyalty to the boss is loyalty to the company. You could have used this mantra for your survival in the company.

You have written "I feel like this is just a facade to get work out of me (I'm being asked to do lot of operational and manual.and menial tasks with no value addition in terms of knowledge)".

Reply: - No work is menial. Take this as opportunity to show your worth. There are a lot of menial work one has to do. Don't expect each and every to add value in your career. Don't expect each and every task that you do to be "strategic". Nevertheless, perfection in the menial work is no easy task.

You have written "Meanwhile I have got a job offer ..but a role similar/a little lower than my current...my job stream will get changed a little from HR to a business analyst role...dealing with data.."

Reply: - Assigning a lower status to the future job without understanding it completely is nothing but prejudice. You have a great opportunity to do a job of analyst. This job will require knowledge of business, statistics and MS Excel. Why not to try with it? The future belongs to data. In fact it has opened a new career avenue in your life. Avail of the opportunity.

You have written "Should I move to New job or resign and keep looking for another thag fits my profile better/in line with my career growth. I'm currently still in beginning of my HR career. Please advise."

Reply: - Your mind has been conditioned because you have been taught the job of HR field has certain activities. However, when a new activity is added in the HR, you have started considering it as "not in line with HR". However, this may not be true. Mastering HR Analytics will be good for you. Who knows you may get opportunity to get into business analytics as a whole. Possibly this job could sow seeds of becoming future CEO. Please note that hardly any HR has become any CEO. It is because of the self-serving bias of HR. Get out of it and move on. As such you are not in good terms with your boss. Therefore, why stick to a place that does not give you peace of mind? In life, after all peace of mind of is also important.

All the best!

Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
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