On Friday, about a half hour before I could go home, my manager’s manager came in and told me she needed to see me before I left for the weekend. I asked her if everything was okay and she said in a part chipper, part sad tone, “Yeah!….Well….we’ll talk.” I couldn’t focus on work after that, I wondered what she needed to talk to me about, and the gears in my head, along with the gears in my stomach, started to churn. Was I in trouble? No, if I was in trouble, she wouldn’t have sounded positive at all. Hm. Thankfully for my own sanity I was finally able to meet with her in her office.
My position, the one I’ve been working in for almost 8 years now, will no longer exist. Our other locations around the country have dropped that specific position as well, and the word “restructure” was mentioned. Once she said “restructure” and “changes”, I knew what was happening. I would have to move on.
Or would I? She offered me another position that had been open for about a month now. Let’s see….leave the company and try to find another job in the midst of this sucky economy or transition smoothly into a position in the same location where I won’t need very much training? Hmm! I felt very appreciated, though, she said she wanted to hold off telling me about the “restructure” until she found some possible jobs within the company. She didn’t want to lose me as an employee! There would be a severe dip in pay, I will be a receptionist, but she fought for that to be increased as well. I won’t be making what I am now, and I suppose that will be an adjustment for me, but I will certainly manage. Plus, I just opened up a savings account last weekend and put my tax refunds in there. Could be a “rainy day” fund or still a “Tara needs a new car” fund. Anyway, she gave me the weekend to think about it, and I did, but I had already decided what I was going to do. It became a better idea the more I thought about it, too. I wouldn’t have to answer to the department I’m in now, won’t have to deal with my coworker’s drama, at least not as much! There will be so many things I won’t have to worry about when I’m in the new position, and they won’t have to worry about bringing in a totally new person to train. Plus – no more late nights! Woot! No more being tucked away in a corner office, wondering if I’ve been forgotten (although with a friend of mine teaching next door during those nights, it was much easier and I didn’t feel so isolated). No Saturdays! Woot exponentially! Not that I was constantly working Saturdays, but it was still a pain.Oh, and I won’t have to interview for the position! I just mosey right on in there!
Anyway, I could make a long list of things that I won’t have to do anymore, but I’ll just end with the fact that I’m glad I made my decision to stay. The few people who know so far have told me they’re happy with my decision too. I’m excited! What a feeling, right?