A few days ago I was asked to make a decision regarding my job, stay with increased duties or transfer into a new position. I was given only a week to decide.
I have two bosses that I directly work with and report to, I have no peers or colleagues, only superiors. I have very little authority to do my work, I have to check back and receive permission for nearly every decision that I make, it makes me feel like my hands are tied. It makes me feel inept and set up for failure. The decisions I make are under the scrutiny of various superiors, some of which take out their frustrations on me. I have to handle it with tact and submissiveness. If someone steps on my foot, it’s my job to apologize. I’m only slightly exaggerating how I feel in my current job. I am a sensitive, intuitive person that can often see through false flattery and manipulation. I prefer directness, so I’m truthful and candid, but I don’t think candor is respected in the office environment, being agreeable and positive with a “can do” attitude is. Pointing out holes or problems doesn’t win you points or promotions, that’s what I’m finding.
In the new adjusted position, I’d have my current two bosses, along with two new bosses that I would have to “assist” with their various projects, while continuing my current duties. The desk space is awkwardly situated and not private. I’d have to change my work hours, which would include working until 8pm once a month. I was told I couldn’t take as much time off for vacations. How is this a good thing?
When I received a classification promotion over a year ago, my pay a little more than doubled. I went from working PT temporary/no benefits to FT permanent/with benefits, plus I was bumped up in classification from Aide to Assistant, which increased my hourly pay by about $10 more per hour. All those things have helped me and I’m grateful for being promoted. But on the other hand, the specific job duties that I was hired to do, didn’t match my expectations. The role that I interviewed for, turned out to be misleading, things that were said verbally, ended up changing after I accepted the job. Maybe it was my misunderstanding, but I think it’s happening again. The familiar vagueness is present again in the new “offer”.
Now I’m being asked to either take on the added job duties of an executive assistant that’s retiring, as well as continue my current job as a scheduler (or I have to transfer to a different job assignment, located further away. I wouldn’t be able to walk to work anymore). I’m not being offered a promotion or increased income. Am I being punished or taken for granted? I don’t understand why I’m being asked to fulfill two different jobs while being paid the same income. When I asked for details about exactly what I’d be required to do, I received a vague answer of “I don’t know exactly.” But I’m expected to make a decision? I’ve received only positive performance appraisals, (three so far, that I have documentation of) and have been in my current position for over a year. Do you think this is fair? I have union representation at my job so I’m going to try to get their assistance. Should I feel flattered or insulted? What do you think I should do?