Posted by Tim Stobbs on February 6, 2014
So while ago I came to the realization that I really didn’t want to climb the corporate ladder anymore. I was happy enough in my current job that I didn’t need a change. Apparently, I didn’t communicate that well enough to management since I was temporary promoted to a new job on Tues.
I was summoned to my bosses office and informed that one of the managers was retiring (so obviously I was thrilled for him), but since I didn’t work for him I’m confused what that had to do with me. Then they explained someone else (a different manager) was being temporarily promoted to the retiring manager’s job. Ok, still not getting why I’m here and then they explain I’ll be taking over the other manager’s job for the time being. Pardon?!?
You could have heard a pin drop after that statement. I resisted the urge to look around the otherwise empty room and ask if there had been a mistake. Instead I then explained I was touched they thought I could handle it, but clarify if they wanted me to do both job my current job and the new one. No, they want me to reassign everything I’m working on in the next two weeks and fully take over for the other manager who by the way is leading second biggest environmental project in the company right now. Okay, I was feeling a bit better as I was having a mini nightmare about trying to do both.
To say I was stunned was a mild understatement, but after a good night sleep I realized that I need to embrace this change. I get to test drive a manager job for a few months to see if I like it. The change isn’t permanent and I have the advantage of at least I’ve already been involved in the major project, just not leading it.
Don’t you love when fate gives you a push off a cliff?