In 2014, after a spell of unemployment, I got the job of my dreams at a well-known professional services firm. This was the third time I had applied for that job, so I was convinced this was it! But five months later, the relationship between my manager and I had broken down and I was under performance management, even as my internal customers praised my work.
This is how I landed in performance management
She said I had lied to her by saying I had completed a task when in fact I hadn’t. A colleague backed me up but she insisted I had lied. I then requested that going forward, to avoid confusion such as this, all communication between us should be in writing. She said she could not work like that so HR needed to intervene. I agreed, thinking this would be a mediation process. Instead, I was placed under performance management.
Over the next few weeks, I was reported to HR because I spoke to my black colleagues in local languages. I was told I was not being inclusive and my manager believed I was gossiping about her. I would be given unrealistic timelines to complete tasks and when I requested extensions, would be told, “Ok, but please note it will be flagged as non-delivery.”
I resigned eight months after getting the job.