So I guess I'll be out of a job, huh?
July 14, 2011 12:24 PM Subscribe
Can I ask (demand?) work give me a promotion/transfer?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have recently (well, within the last two odd months, but these things don't heal quickly) sustained a repetitive strain injury in which all signs point towards work duties as the cause. We are pursuing worker's compensation and all the appropriate channels.
The best thing to do when it comes to work-caused repetitive strain is to, well, stop doing the task that caused it to happen. Sadly, this is not feasible--because the task is inherent to the job. (For example, you wouldn't tell a receptionist to stop answering phones or type on the computer, because that's part of their job. If you can't do that for whatever reason, you are probably not going to be suitable for that job.) Modifying workstations will have limited to no success, in my opinion, due to certain rules and hardware limitations. (This statement was echoed by the worker's compensation person who did a site visit, and he said a couple of times "Huh. I don't really know what I can suggest to modify this.") A lateral transfer to another department will not be very useful, because the majority of the workplace is based upon jobs doing certain repetitive tasks. May not be the exact same repetitive task that gave me my specific injury, but I have another coworker in another team/department who also currently have a repetitive strain injury from her job, so a lateral transfer won't help.
The exceptions to the physical jobs are management and a very small handful (two small groups) of more computer-y positions, all of which are coveted positions. We have people working here for years and can't get promoted to either group A or B and stop doing the more physical labour. My coworker thinks that given the nature of the job (and similar nature for a lateral transfer to another department), I should have grounds to ask for a transfer into Coveted Position A or B. Is this true? If so, how can I ask for it? (I'm more of the opinion that they're probably going to lay me off, maybe with a severance package, but.)
If it is relevant, I am in BC, Canada.