Thank you for your response. Although I am not particularly happy with it And that I very much understand.
- I do appreciate your time and expertise. The 2 hrs offline - I continued to work - making calls and doing handwritten tasks. The documented phone calls, a letter from the cable company, documentation from our own IT department - and a copy of the IM where she 'inferred' that I lied about those 2 hours. I know that is upsetting, her lack of trust.
Also, I am an exempt employee - I work overtime VERY often without issue Ugh! I understand, having been exempt for the past 20 or so years myself. And it makes her nitpicky lack of trust even more troublesome, since you clearly have MORE than made up for 2 hours, regardless, well before this event.
and on this particular day 1 of the 2 hours was my lunch break and I did work past 5pm to complete the work i was doing at the time I lost internet connection. It does sound like she has some other things going on in her mind. An agenda perhaps or a bit of a mental disorder or hang up of some kind, since she can't seem to piece those facts together, to realize that clearly nothing was amiss, with regard to your work productivity and devotion to it.
In my opinion, she is refusing to accept that she was in the wrong - especially about those 2 hours. Sounds accurate.
My concern is, with her new position comes power and she doesn't know how to handle it . My job is extremely important to me - as is my integrity as a professional and a person. To be labeled as a drug user and a liar is the death of my reputation. Absolutely. If she is spreading such false statements, you have a lot to consider, as to how you choose to deal with that.
Now, because knowing what my supervisor (and former friend) thinks of me, my sense of security in my job has been threatened. It truly never really is secure, short of a good strong employment contract making it so - and it is far more fragile a security when one is dealing, as you are, with a troubled superior or anyone, really, who is less than concerned with your job security.
When it was told to me that I was reported for "using drugs" I did bend over backward to prove myself but apparently that didn't work. It is appalling - I'd be quite livid.
And with this current accusation of lying (and yes I believe accused is accurate I agree - lying is definitely a negative, so accusation does seem an appropriate term) bending over backward to placate would only be seen as an admission of quilt.Possibly. Although there are no guarantees, of course, that NOT placating would reverse the situation.
I realize you cherish your job and how important it is to you. Being the type of person to be cautious and one who seeks to always "plan for the worst while hoping for the best" - do you think that you job is substantially at risk enough, even if only possibly and prospectively, that it may be idea to get your networking hat on and see what it out there that could be as good or better than this job? ... So you have options should the "worst" occur or even if the worst doesn't occur, but you find yourself not enjoying your current job so much that you actually want to leave it, and move on. Surprisingly, it does seem that often times, when a workplace turns sour, and one has the opportunity to job seek while she still has a job, the opportunities out there can be very appealing, and within reach. 6 months or a year from now, you could be saying to yourself, "Thank goodness for that 'bad' situation last year - had it not occurred, I'd likely never have looked to see what else is out there, and never would have gotten my current wonderful position." I do hope you situation improves where you are at, but if it doesn't, not all is lost - just a different fork in the road.
I hope this helps!