How do I talk to my boss about changes in responsibilities.. that weren't at all what I expected?
June 27, 2007 8:34 PM Subscribe
How do I adapt to unexpected and unclear changes in roles for myself and my immediate colleagues? A new person has joined my small department (we build and maintain web sites) and I was surprised to find out my boss has plans for this person to take on some responsibilities that I wanted.. and had thought I'd be assuming.. but now I don't know what to think. More detail follows..
posted by citron to Work & Money (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My boss is not always so clear in explaining roles and responsibilities and maybe I don't ask the right questions or say clearly what I want, either. But it's hard to know what roles are even available. My workplace in general tends to be secretive and byzantine, and was recently reorganized and it often leaves me feeling left out and like I've done something wrong..
Basically the responsibilities in question here have to do with meeting clients and gathering requirements for projects. I thought this would be my role in the future, I've done some of it in the past few months and it's something I think I'm good at. I had some conversations with my boss that I am *sure* covered this area among other things and was led to believe I'd be moving in that direction. I develop sites as well, but we're a small department so everyone wears several hats.
I know the higher-ups planned for each department in our organization to have a "point person" to work with clients. Last I heard about that, again, I was very interested and thought I was well suited for the role..
But now this new person has joined and was immediately given the hat I wanted particularly, and I don't know if it's because my boss thinks I'm not suited to it, or if it's because the new person's skill set isn't technical enough to handle the development work, and my boss was pressed to make a good fit very quickly - leaving me out.
FWIW the new person has joined because of another department being dissolved, basically - the organization had to find a place to move people - so it's not a specific hire to fill this role. And personally we get along great and have been friends for a while, which makes it even more awkward to complain about! I just feel surprised, in a bad way, and unvalued, and cheated (I know better to express this in a serious conversation with my boss, though), because I've done a lot of hard work for the department under extremely challenging circumstances and gotten some very tough projects launched. I have my faults.. I can be undiplomatic and can get overwhelmed, but lately I'd really thought my boss had come to rely on me. Maybe he thinks I can't cut it as far as client interface/developing requirements. Still, as of a few months ago that didn't seem to be the case! I don't know what to think or what to ask him, even!