We recently (well two years ago, now) went through some layoffs, and managers seemed to be the primary targets. It made sense, because at the time we had as many managers as we did designers. When things started to look a bit better, I was promoted to one of the vacant manager positions… kind of. I have most of the responsibilities of the person that I replaced, but pretty much none of the power. I work on all of the bigger projects, and am expected to lead the team, but nobody actually reports to me, and I can’t exactly direct anyone. I can suggest things, but nobody has to listen at all. It’s turned bad quickly.
The other people on the team resent the fact that I am working on the bigger projects, because I’m not looked at as a manager since I don’t really have managerial power. I’m looked at as a peer that gets all of the “good” projects and recognition that comes along with them. When I do try and direct projects, it’s received as if I’m a know-it-all that is trying to get my hands in their projects, not that I’m a director trying to help make things better.
I’ve tried on multiple occasions to bring this up to my boss, but she kind-of brushes it off. She plans on making changes, but nothing ever actually happens. All the while, things get worse and worse on the team. There is a real negative vibe, and I want to fix it, but I have no bullets in my gun. Every time I try and talk through things, it falls on deaf ears, and things go back to normal, because why should they listen to me? Who am I to tell them what to do?