Why Does it Seem like When I Get a New Boss Everything Changes, and Not for the Better
When you have a new boss land in your department or section, things seem to change. First nobody likes change. Second there are a lot of reasons why thing will change that I cover in this brief overview. No, you have not changed, the supervision type has changed and here's why.
The Reality of the Structure and Function of Those Above you and the Support PersonnelThe company you work for may have a wonderful webpage about how they treat employees. They may be rated as one of the best companies to work for in the United States. They may say they have an HR Department that welcomes employees to discuss problems. They may even have an ombudsman. However, do not forget who signs the paychecks for the HR people. The Company and The Upper Management! Do not think that HR keeps everything confidential. Who do you think HR puts first.
The reality is that your world centers on one and only one person: Your DIRECT SUPERVISOR, no mattAnd the reality is that you may have received Outstanding Reviews from your old boss, but you cannot please a new boss. Life changing with a new boss happens all the time. First, the new boss inherited you. She or he wants people who are like her, agree with her, and do things HER way. She landed the new position because of what she was. It is very similar to how our government works. With the president's cabinet--he picks people like himself. Also, the new Supervisor does not know who can be trusted.
Worse yet, you will have expertise in what you do, but quite often the new Supervisor does not have a clue as to what or how you are doing your job. They will still give instructions that you know are wrong. They may well resent that you can do your job far better than they ever could.
Plus, the new Supervisor may not be sensitive to your national origin, your disability, your age, etc. They want to "look good" to the person who promoted them. That usually means increasing output or cutting cost! And worse yet, the person who picked them does not want to look stupid either. They will back your new supervisor 99% of the time, no matter what they do.
So, don't be surprised if all of a sudden you get reprimanded. You get a bad performance appraisal; you get less of a raise. You might then start to see some new faces in the department, and the new boss is going out to lunch with them.
Journal all that happens and look for any disparaging comments, whether direct or subtle that relate to any "protected class of people" you may belong. That is, comments about your age, race, color, religion, national origin.... Questions like, "Have you considered retiring?" "How long before you will retire?" They may be able to ask you that once a year for "planning" purposes, but any more frequent than that is not a good sign. Even when they ask you once every year, journal it. Statements like, ".... are you sure you aren't too old for this work....? etc.?" are real indications. Journal it. Same goes for stereotype comments or questions about women or disabled personnel.
Hang in there, do a good job, and look at the want ads now and then. Every ones personal situation is different. Maybe you can't leave. Oh, and those special arrangements that you had with your former boss. you can probably kiss those good bye. The first Wednesday of the month Service club meeting at noon. Good luck. Maybe you will have that one in ten who is a good manager. Hopefully.