Help me deal with a difficult situation at work.
February 14, 2012 6:25 PM Subscribe
I need the job, but am feeling unappreciated. How can I explain my situation to management without jeopardizing my career?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Long story short: I’m an entry-level employee who in the past months covered for someone in a higher position while a replacement was found.
During this time there was constant talk that I would land a new position in this group – which was/is very much what I wanted. My performance was complimented many times.
Now that someone has been hired to take on the job, I’ve been forgotten. There are clear talks about me regressing to my other position, which is entry-level and does not make use of my skills – it is something that I no longer have interest on.
Financially I could use my savings (enough for about a year) while I look for another job. But this would be irresponsible, and I also face other challenges:
I am still in school. I can’t work full time (which employer has always been aware). Although I do have the skills/training that can assist me in getting a better position elsewhere, I don’t think there are enough jobs out there right now.
I’m feeling underappreciated and somewhat tricked. I’ve worked really hard for months to cover until the replacement was hired (and was paid less than 1/3 of the position’s salary). I did this because I trusted/believed on what know seems to be empty promises from people above me. I heard a few times that they will try to work something out, but how can I trust them after all this?
How do I approach management? I appreciate the opportunity given to me to learn and get experience in another team, but upper management knows I’m not interested in going back to the old team.