Publicly discussed promotion might not happen. What next?
October 19, 2012 1:55 PM Subscribe
Can I stay on at a job when promised promotion is being withdrawn?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Over the past year, I have been very stressed at work. Basically, I have been doing the work of a project manager (in addition to my basic duties) without getting the recognition, benefits, or pay of the position. Everything essential has been completed, but I have not been able to do either the manager tasks or the basic tasks at the level I would like. I have talked extensively with my supervisor (who, on paper, is responsible for the management tasks) about this. I very much enjoy my work and get great satisfaction from the impact this work has in the world. If this were not true, I would not have stayed in the situation as long as I have.
My supervisor has numerous times promised over the last six months that the situation would change. The change that I expected was that he would clear some of his other projects and start taking over the management tasks for the project I work on. Three week ago, I was asked by my supervisor and his supervisor if I would be willing to take a new position which would include all the management tasks I am currently doing and a few additional responsiblities, if someone new was hired to do the basic tasks. This was clearly presented to me as just a possiblity. I said that I would be interested. After this, I participated in a couple of meetings about the logistics and timing of this change. I still did not consider it a done deal because there were a number of items that needed approvals.
Last week at a staff meeting that included all of my team members as well as about 20 other co-workers who work on other projetcs, my boss's boss discussed that there were going to be personnel changes in my team. Then, my supervisor stated that I would be moving into a management only position and someone new would be hired to do the basic tasks. I was pleasantly surprised that this was being presented openly at a meeting as I did not think that everything was settled.
I have been organizing and running our team meetings for the past year. Yesterday, as I was heading into that meeting, my supervisor asked me to remove the item about 'changes in the team structure' because, "My promotion was was just one possiblity." I was truly shocked. But, feeling at a loss for words, I just said, "I'll remove the item from the agenda." Of course, it came up in the meeting, since it had been discussed in the larger meeting just last week. I did my best to attempt face-saving with "the details are still being worked out, and we will discuss it at a future meeting."
Today, I am trying to decide the best course of action. I feel that, given the open discussion of the change last week, I can not continue to work for this organization if the change doesn't happen. I have not been directly told, "It is not going to happen." But, should I share my concerns before I am told that?
Am I over-reacting?
I actually enjoy all of the tasks. If my job had been returned to basic tasks only (as I expected it to) that would have been fine with me. However, now that pretty much everyone in the organization has been told that I would be getting a promotion, I feel like anything else will greatly diminish my ability to function effectively. (Status is fairly important in our organization.)
My financial position is such that I could leave my current job at anytime and spend 6 - 12 months finding a new position with no financial strain. My skills are good, and I am recognized locally as a subject matter expert in my field. If I took on consulting work, I could be out of a full-time job even longer.
Where do I go from here?