Two months ago I posted about managing two supervisors who I co-managed with my boss. Over the last few months I have started doing one on ones with them or having more difficult discussions when needed. So I drew the line in the sand and started moving forward. One started to succeed but recently started to have some trouble again and the other is still floundering a bit.
However what I have noticed is that when they are succeeding it is because I'm helping them and now the entire staff relies on me for day to day questions because I became a go to when the supervisors wouldn't stand up. I tend to want to help everyone (my weakness), only because I remember what it was like to be in their shoes and would want the same from my manager if I was struggling badly. Yet I feel like I promoted a learned helplessness in the company (our company is only about 50 people).
I feel like at this point I'm not getting done what I need to get done for my job. I am picking up the slack for the two supervisors when they are under performing instead of holding them accountable. I feel like I can't ever be away from the office because I want to do well and make everything better. (that last part is my head being obsessed with doing well since this job is still new - only 6 months)
How do I start setting up boundaries and undoing the bad habits I started? I know it's a balance but I also fear if I don't do a great job and keep things under control my boss will become disappointed and I will be replaced. Is this just new manager/role fear? I do tend to work a lot because I enjoy it and I was always taught to work hard. My worry is that if I continue on that path I will never regain focus or catch up on my projects. Anyone else experience this?