Our expert says:
Discuss this with HR and the Dept of Labour - some of what this pipsqueak is doing, such as harrassing you about maternity leave, is forbidden and lousy management.
Its understandably discouraging, and I hope that you and your co-workers have made it very clear to HR and the Boss, that this jumped up little temporary is an appallingly lousty manager and ask them NOT to confirm him permanently in that post.
There is no obligation on your to give 150 % at work, but make sure you still give 100 %, so there's no room for you to be criticized. But I'm sure opportunities will arise when you or others are expected by Pipsqeak to somehow pull his chestnuts out of the fire, and you may just manage not to rise to the occasion when it is solely for his benefit.
Abyhow, sounds like the promised change in reporting will free you from needing to work directly with him, and give him more time to reveal how incompetent he really is. With your new position, and the eventual change of reporting line, you should be able to rediscover your motivation again. Don't brood over the management's failures in this instance - maybe they were more desperate than it appeared to you, and were stuck with the guy
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