I'm nearly 3 months into my new job and am enjoying it, for the most part. I answer to an executive director and a board of directors. Today, the incoming chair of the board sent me this message, without copying my boss:
"is there anything that the board could do for you that would make your job easier?
are you feeling good about this position? the other staff good to work with?"
I'm not sure how to respond to this, especially since he didn't copy my supervisor on the message. Technically, I report to the executive director first, then the board, so I'm worried about circumventing the chain of command. During my time in this position I have noticed some real issues, most of which stem directly from my supervisor, with whom I have a great relationship but she tends to rub people the wrong way. I know another board member is about to lodge a complaint about her, so I'm wondering if this message isn't really more about fishing for details than anything else. Most of the organizational challenges stem directly from my boss, who is a great person but not a great administrator.
How do I respond? I don't want to put my concerns or suggestions in writing, since that could make its way back to my supervisor. But at the same time I feel like this organization could use a bit of administrative insight.