It is becoming a thing at my company where senior and executive leadership are participating even promoting backdoor conversations regarding others only to put out passive-aggressive short-sighted statements about How things should or shouldn't be done.
Example, a direct report on my team sent an email to a few folks and asked them to review attached doc.. our c suite executive put a blast out on slack about how we don't do this and they'd rather have an email delivered in another way. How did this get around me and why is an executive getting involved in a low level squabble? Is this normal??
Additionally, this behavior is now a blocker when I've tried to promote or give deserving folks on my team raises.
For example, I've been recently told by HR when trying to give an employee a raise that they're denying my request because they've heard or been given examples where this person might not be great at all parts of her role. If I ask for examples of what they're speaking to, they can't/won't produce anything. When I've asked how I can support this person growing in their role and getting the raise, they offer no advice other than I need to be a stronger manager. If I continue to ask questions a complaint gets sent to my manager that I am being annoyed or distracting... is this normal?
I am feeling frustrating. This toxic that folks don't address issues directly with others and folks spend more time building cases against one another than performing meaningful work.
Is there anything I can do?!