Help me get demoted!
February 2, 2012 6:22 PM Subscribe
I am meeting with my District Manager soon to ask for a demotion. Hivemind, what are your experiences doing so? Probably too many details inside.
posted by jeffrygardner to work & money (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
- I was hired at this company in September 2005. Quickly moved up from a sales (hourly) position to an exempt store manager position.
- I was miserable during my time as a store manager. When the company closed 100 stores in 2008 (including mine), I jumped ship rather than take another store that I was offered. I didn't want the other manager to lose his job and I was miserable anyway.
- After a short time at a retailer, came back to the original company and was hired as an hourly position. Was quickly moved up to a Service Manager (exempt) position. Became *very* successful in this position, becoming a leader in the district for sales and service. Had a kid. Bought a house. Life was good.
- As a result of my success, I was encouraged/pressured by a former boss into a Store Manager position - thought it would be better, given all my new success and experience. Miserable all over again.
The responsibilities of the Service Manager position are completely different than the Store Manager position I currently occupy. It has also been converted into a more desirable hourly, non-exempt position. For the sake of my health/family/sanity/whatever, I want to ask to move back down. I had sent some signals to my boss that I would possibly do this at some point and he has indicated that he "wouldn't lose" me over something like this. He has always been honest with me in the past and I have no reason to doubt him now.
Do you have any experience doing this? How did you approach it, and were you successful? I don't see this going too poorly but I want to see what the hivemind sees as possible complications or strategies.