Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Chutes & Ladders

I received a bombshell earlier this month from SLAB telling me that they were looking to roll me off my current team and transfer me to another one. The corporate plan as announced to us about a year back was that plans were underway to move our office further north. It was a move that wouldn't sit too well with me since I live much further south than that. So in anticipation of preparing for the move, which won't be for another eighteen months at least, it was decided that I would be transferred to another group.

I was unable to get from SLAB a solid date on when this was happening. I didn't get a sense that I even had much say in the matter. It is possible that I might've changed my mind about things. But I think the fact that I didn't exactly protest much when SLAB announced it to me probably said otherwise.

Truth be told, I have been in the same area for almost six years and it probably wouldn't hurt to have a change of scenery before my official "scenery change". A couple things concerned me, though.

One. Where would I go? If I wasn't going to have a say as to where I'm going, does that mean they could put me in some crazy group and I end up with a boss I really can't stand. As much as SLAB annoys at times, I've gotten used to his style and he's actually not bad most of the time. And there are some groups out there that I don't want to be in.

Two. What would happen to my so-called promotion that's been dangled in front of me for the last two years? If they roll me off before that happens, does this mean that it'll be null and void. I would lose seniority and would have to start over again working my way up the ladder since the other people in the new group would have seniority over me. The thing is that it's not like I care for the promotion persay but a small part of me feels it'd be nice to have something for all my years of work.

Keep in mind that I am hoping to branch out from the company on my tenth anniversary so some may wonder why I care. I think it's more the principal than anything else. And it'd be nice to end my career on a high note just in case I need to fall back on it.

I was told that in anticipation of me being rolled off that I would need to train a couple other team members to learn my tasks. There's a lot that only I know and they don't want to be left in the lurch in the event I roll off or leave. So I've been doing just that and in the meantime keeping my fingers crossed that things will work itself out. What else can I do?

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Wouldn't you know it? Today was my first day from my vacation and SLAB pulls me aside. He extends his hand towards me and congratulates me. I officially got my promotion, which will be effective September 1st. Woo hoo!

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8 Comments:

Blogger No_the_game said...

Hey Congrad on promotion. Yeayyyyy for you :)

10:48 PM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger Soldier said...

oooooooh now that's good news

congratulations man !!!

i sooo didnt see that one coming

since u didnt really cre about the promotion and it ws just for the principle, please send me the extra cash.
thank you.

:-)

12:27 AM, August 16, 2006  
Blogger lj said...

Congrats on the promotion. Woo Hoo Indeed

4:56 AM, August 16, 2006  
Blogger The Captain said...

My Advice:

To keep your status quo and marketability, neveer teach them "everything." You have to keep some knowledge to yourself.

9:42 AM, August 16, 2006  
Blogger Ladynay said...

Congrats!

9:45 AM, August 16, 2006  
Blogger Bklyn Diva said...

congrats.. :) and cap is right.. keep some of it to yourself.

12:15 PM, August 17, 2006  
Blogger TeeBee said...

Yay Congrats! Can I get $20?

6:55 PM, August 19, 2006  
Blogger Mr. Maurice said...

Congrats! I dont necessarily want a promotion but a sizable raise would help.

9:59 AM, August 22, 2006  

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