Hello, new to this!
A bit of background: I was hired into my position as a manager.
My manager was distant with me in the first 3 months of my job - although I found this odd I learned to accept it and as far as I could tell there were no issues - I was busy and achieved a great deal. When I started working more intensively with him, he was still "distant" but gave no indication my performance was low or that I had any reason for concern.
After I was there for about 5 months, he then hired someone in a different area of his team, and very soon I noticed that he gave this new person a great deal of attention. It was baffling, but I still saw no need for concern.
Then came the restructure. The company needed to improve costs so naturally a restructure followed. I expect this practically everywhere I work, so it came as no surprise.
But suddenly I was to report to this new person. It came as a huge blow since I worked my butt off to get my team up to par as they had been neglected over the period of a year before I was hired. I expressed on many occasions that I was disappointed, especially since I was not told the reason. "Performance had nothing to do with it" I was told, in fact my performance review came out as exceptional. I was also told that my title and pay will stay the same, and my responsibilities should stay the same as well. My manager at the time told me he had planned this all along and that it should not have come as a surprise - when in fact he never told me.
Nonetheless, my so-called "new boss" is starting to show an agenda and he is stepping on my toes. The autonomy that I had is starting to fade, and I am being pushed to take on more junior level activities. It is a blow to my career, especially after having put years into getting to my position level.
A bit more: I am in the line of Software Quality Assurance and Test Management. As some may know this is an extremely tough job - it is absolutely critical but the least appreciated.
Also I am being told how to suck eggs, even though I have been doing my line of work for 12 years. This is difficult to handle. I have spoken with both of my "managers" that I was hired into the position of Manager, not as "team leader". Although no words have been said outwardly, I see that my team are not happy with the restructure either. Also I am wondering if they will be my team for much longer.
I am considering raising this with HR and wonder if there is legal grounds for me. I would have preferred to be made redundant or retrenched into a different role. The whole thing was incredibly insensitve and although all jobs have politics, I believe in dignity and consideration of the human spirit.
I have choices of course - shut up and put up, or leave. I am already looking for another job elsewhere. I am open to a new career.
Any advice anyone may have would be appreciated.