Question on Working With a New Documentation Supervisor - Please Help

Subject: Question on Working With a New Documentation Supervisor - Please Help
From: Anthony <italian_scribbles -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006 22:50:10 -0800 (PST)

Hello Everyone,

Recently I was transferred from the best boss I have
ever worked with to the Director of Marketing who just
joined the company. The change was made by our CEO so
that all of the creative types would be in the same
department. The CEO told me he had no issues with my
work, but just wanted to have more collaboration with
the new Director. This was not good news to me as my
former boss had a very hands off approach that worked
well with my personality and work style.

My job entails many types of technical documentation
primarily, but I also assist in the marketing arena.
About 20% of my work falls into the "technical
marketing" arena with white papers, specification
sheets, etc. Further, my marketing work has always
taken the lowest point on the totem poll as far as
priority goes per our CEO. Our Director of Marketing
is strictly a marketing guy with no background in
technical documentation.

My entire company uses a very flat organizational
chart as we are not that large and things such as
meticulous time tracking and other such micro level
styles of management do not exist in the company.
Everyone is too busy working to worry about such

Well, my new boss seems to be the type who likes to
micromanage people although he has yet to try it on me
directly since I started reporting to him a couple of
weeks ago.

He also seems to be the distrustful type and has at
least once asked my former boss about my work schedule
and putting in a full day instead of asking me
directly about it. The simple answer was that I work
through lunch and eat at my desk almost everyday and
work a straight 8 hours rather than 9 with a one hour
lunch. Then earlier today he asked me a simple
question about the distribution of hours on my
electronic time report in which they are essentially
two categories I list my weekly hours on. One
category is for tracking work to be billed with a
specific client and another serves as a "catch all"
category listed as "Commercial/Marketing Work." His
question was whether or not I was doing marketing work
for someone else. I answered his question and felt as
if he had no idea what he was looking at. So I asked
him if anyone had shown him the time tracking system.
He said no one had. So I smiled and offered to go
over it with him. He agreed to come get me when he
had a moment as he was in the middle of something...he
never came.

He behaves as if he does not know how to manage people
and it is starting to worry me. I have built a superb
reputation at my company and fear this man may hurt
this with the way he conducts himself. I've never had
to work for or deal with someone with such a
micromanagement personality combined with an inability
to manage. Quite frankly I think he is scared of me
as he has a very meek personality and I have been
described as having a very commanding and forceful

How should I approach him and this situation to make
the best of it?

I've never worked with someone like this in my life.

Thank you for the input.

- Anthony

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