Rather Fight Than Switch

Q: My new boss seems to be trying to push me out, but I don’t want to leave. What should I do? .

A: “First, you must determine whether your boss in intentionally trying to derail your career or if he or she is merely implementing a new strategic process,” says Indigo Deborah Johnson, CEO of Careers in Transition Inc. in Decatur, Georgia. If your are excluded form meetings you were once a part of, or your bottom line responsibility has been usurped, it may be that new organizational changes are being put in place. Don’t take it personally, but do defend your career.

“Tell your boss, in a nonthreatening way, that you’re concerned about some of the new practices that are being instituted, and feel that your position may be in question,” advises Johnson. “Express that you want to be part of the process and show where you can add value.” If he or she is aloof and offers no logical reason for your exclusion, then perhaps your job is jeopardy.

The next step is to go to a higher authority and discuss your future with the company. Follow up with a letter stating that you look forward to a prosperous relationship with the organization. In the event that you are terminated and you feel it was a wrongful discharge, this letter will serve as legal documentation that you tried to salvage your job.

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