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?
Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 27, 2013
Tomorrow will mark the start of something I’ve never done before…I’m taking a month of vacation (yes, four whole weeks). Excited somehow fails to fully explain how much I’m looking forward to my time away from work. Also we are excited since we will be doing our trip to Newfoundland and back during this month.
So doesn’t it mean this blog will have no updates for a month…of course not. I’ve pre-written several posts and our usual guest posters will continue to write while I’m gone. I’m just letting you all know so if Idon’t get back to you on an email or comment…don’t worry. I’ll get back to you….at some point.
Have a great summer,
Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 21, 2013
Yesterday I literally got the easiest raise that has ever occurred to me. I merely applied for a few other positions in the company and I got an offer to stay put, but be reclassified to an engineer position with a 9% raise starting July 1. That’s the simple version of what occurred.
The long version of the story was I was getting unhappy at my job almost a year ago. It was becoming a bit too repetitive for me and I was starting to feel under valued. Yet at the start of the year we had a department reorganization and I got a new position, so I was sort of hoping things would get better. Nope, that didn’t happen, in fact things got worse for a while. If you have ever been reorganized you will likely understand the reason: confusion, uncertainty and more demands on you than time to do them.
Rather than bitch about it, I decided to do something. I dusted off my resume, cleaned it up and started shopping for other jobs within my current company (it has an excellent benefit package so I wanted to stay with it). Apparently I hit a few sore spots when I applied for a position that I was almost guaranteed to get an interview. So then there was some honest talks with my supervisor on what was looking for and what could potentially be done to keep me.
So a plan was put forward about potentially reclassifying my existing job to an engineering position. Frankly given the typically slowness in our company on issues like this, I didn’t put much faith in it occurring. Yet the bureaucracy can occasionally shock even me and the paperwork was done so fast I expected it to be almost smoking when the new job offer came off the printer.
Now I had an interesting problem if you took the the money issue off the table and adding a promise to modify my workload, could I be interested enough to stay put? I was giving the idea serious thought because you see my current position has two aces in the hole: 1) I have utterly great co-workers (intelligent, friendly and funny) and 2) the future workload is going to be very interesting. The currently workload sucks a bit, but the future projects in the next year or two is going to be perfect for me (really complex problems with multiple broad systematic issues and a mandate to overall them). Yes, I know that a lot of people would hate that kind of work, but system analysis and modification with the equivalent of a 15 dimensional problems is fun for me.
So I decided to accept the offer and stay put and to start my ‘new’ job…I’ve going on vacation for a month. So were you ever in a situation where you were ready to move on, but changed your mind? What helped you stay put or leave your job?