COUNTERPOINT: “ HOW A YOUNG BOSS SURVIVES ABUSIVE SENIOR EMPLOYEES”
A few months ago, Next Avenue (published by PBS) asked me to write an article ( “How to Survive a Young, Abusive Boss:) on what to do if you are working for an abusive younger boss. After he read the article, I received the following email from a Millennial/Gen Y boss, and I want to share his experience at the opposite end. His story is below, directly quoted from his email.
What an amazing article I just had to stop and read it even though I am slammed with work. Your article somehow represent my case but the opposite.
I am a young professional employee for a Spanish media company by the name of Newspan Media Corp. www.newspan.com. I have been working with them since I was 16, now 28. I have held many positions with the company moving up. I was promoted to a Vice President position last August and since then I faced many difficulties with the senior employees. What I have noticed is time stopped at the company back in 2004-2005 when internet stormed the media. There has been no new ideas, no new innovations and company was on the edge of bankruptcy. When I was appointed to be the VP I wanted to make all the changes necessary to catch up with the social media and transform the company to digital. I think we are a little late but it is never too late to get up and start prospering again.
By implementing changes I forgot that most of the employees have been with the company since the 80-90s and not knowledgeable with the new programs. I did not want to let go of employees and hire new blood because honestly senior employees taught me a lot through the years I have been working for this company and were family to me. I began offering them classes to learn the MAC and other software but I found it hard for them to take me seriously and attend the classes at promptly time.
I called on a meeting and informed them that Newspan Media is my full responsibility and my vision to take this company to a different level is possible. I laid out to them my goals for the end of the year. As of April this year things have not been moving as fast as I scheduled and the headache of them not taking me seriously continued.
I had to come to a conclusion and hire new graduates that are well knowledgeable of the these days media. I could not afford to keep paying those huge salaries to the old employees. I did an evaluation of the company, I interviewed every single employee and questioned their daily activity. After a long week of headaches. I had to fire 13 senior employees that could not accept the fact that I am their manager. I gave them the chance to better themselves and take the company to a different level but they could not accept the fact that Ziad the maintenance kid is our boss now.
After the action was taken, now everyone at the office obeys all the orders I give them. I have hired 22 new graduates that are doing an amazing job. The company is moving forward and our 3rd quarter is looking amazing. I just wish if they worked with me instead of working against me. They made my life so stressful for a while and now they don’t have jobs.
I hope you write an article based on above and name it “ How a Young Boss Survives Abusive Senior Employees” I hope you enjoy my story as much as I enjoyed yours.