Q. I have been employed by the same company for 13 years. I enjoy my job and have gotten along well with everyone -- at least I have until now.
Two months ago, a new plant manager was hired. He is the sixth plant manager I have worked under.
I have had nothing but excellent reviews under the former ones. Now I am told that I am not a team player and that I need to learn to adapt to change.
He tells me, "You are a good worker, but you don't handle stress well. Maybe you should consider bailing out now."
After two meetings with my new boss, without a satisfactory resolution, I met with the owner of the company. I told him what was going on.
This infuriated the plant manager. He took me into his office and swore at me in full view of the office staff. He demanded to know what the owner and I had discussed.
Needless to say, I am now an undesirable and will probably be dismissed as a troublemaker. What are your views on this situation?
A. It's clear that you and the plant manager got off on the wrong foot with each other.
Perhaps he has different or higher expectations of a person in your position than his predecessors; perhaps he just doesn't like you.
It also appears that the owner of the company doesn't want to intercede to help sort out this situation -- at least, not yet.
Your choices are to leave -- no doubt a hard thing to do with 13 years invested in this place -- or to back off and wait.
I'd do the latter. I have a feeling you'll outlast this plant manager.
Andrew Grove is chief executive officer of Intel Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif. Send questions to him in care of the Mercury News, Business News Department, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, Calif. 95190.