What do I do when the HR director wants me to act as if I was the manager?
I am a new assistant manger in a company who was told at the interview stage that the manager I would be working for isn’t well liked within the company. They were looking for me to come in and take over this position from her without them getting their hands dirty, so to speak. I wanted the job as it’s a good company (although not with this matter) so I took the position.
There have been some issues since I have been working there (too many to list here) the main issue is that after 90 days there was an issue with one of my directs taking a lot of time off. Neither the manager nor I were told what the issue was as the direct dealt with the HR director personally with this.
This became sure an issue with my manager that I stepped in spoke to the Hr Director mentioning the difficulty in running a department but not knowing what the issues are. I was told the issue but told not to tell my manager and to start acting as if I was “the manager”.
Was I foolish to take the position in the first place, I knew it would be a little uncomfortable but I hadn’t expected a dressing down because I hadn’t stepped into her shoes while she was still in them?