My department recently expanded from 3, to 2, then 6. (In other words, there are four new people and 2 "old-timers" of which I'm one.) Three of the four new people have fit in well with the organization, taking time to not only understand the product but also the political landscape.
The fourth one, not so much. He is my new supervisor, and has been with the organization for a month. After he was here for two weeks, I had a conversation with his boss (who I reported to for three months.) He acknowledge that my new supervisor wasn't fitting in as anticipated. He also acknowledged that it was bad enough that he recognized it as being disruptive to the team as a whole.
As you can imagine, the type of expansion that we've gone through isn't easy. And while I trust the highest guy to do something about the situation, I am having the worst time respecting my new supervisor.
I have 6 years experience with the company and understand the challenges (I work in logistics for a US Army Supplier.) In the four weeks my new supervisor has worked with us, I've fielded countless calls after meetings or emails that are summed up as, "Is this guy for real? Or did I totally miss something?"
The answer always is, no, it's not you, it's him.
Until the situation is cleared up (either through coaching or more extreme measures) how do you recommend dealing with him? He doesn't listen and routinely recaps things wrong, so I'm spending a large amount of time correcting and covering up. (Yes, his supervisor is aware of it. He has been the victim of it.)
I am trying to be pleasant, professional and helpful, but by the end of the day, I really am having a difficult time being civil.
Yes, I'm trying not to let him poke me with the umbrella, but I'm bearing the brunt of this as I am his only direct report.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading such a long post.