Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'm No Longer...

...confused about that call I got from my boss. Let me start off by saying that I love my job. I really do. What else job can you have where you travel all over the world (I'm in Costa Rica now) and then get home and get days or even weeks off?

But a few weeks ago, I posted this post about a phone call from my boss that confused the hell out of me. I recently found out that there has been restructuring at the company that has led to a hiring freeze, so I can't get the promotion that I so desperately want and need. But the problem is that the positions I and 3 other people want, HAVE to be filled. So guess what, we have been asked to fill the positions without the pay or the title. And I feel like I am being cheated because I CAN'T say no.

Here's the info. In the past, we had 4 senior implementations specialist positions. These are the people that we call when we have issues while we are on site. Well, 2 of those positions were vacated because the people switched positions to something else. Well that left 2 positions open. But our boss is saying that we need to have 6 total people in this position. We need 6 positions because of the amount of international travel that we have been doing. Pretty much, when one of the seniors is out of the country, support falls to the other. Now it has gotten to the point that the 2 we have left are out of the country at the same time. So, 2 other people have been asked to fill those 2 positions that have been vacated, but without extra pay and title. But guess what? With upcoming international sites, those 2 will be out of the country also. So I, along with another person was asked to do the same thing. I hope you got all of that.

I don't mind having the extra responsibility because I have been dying to have something new to do. But I just feel like the corporation forced our boss to do this to us. They pretty much tied her hands and told her to get her job done. She can't hire anyone or give promotions, but shit still has to get done. So the 4 of us have (to be truthful) volunteered to do jobs that we aren't being paid to do. I believe that we all understand that we have to do what it takes to keep things afloat, but we are all hoping that we get our just rewards as soon as possible.

Now, don't take this to mean that I am not grateful to have a job. Hell i'm more blessed to HAVE 2 jobs when I only NEED one. It's just that it feels strange to work so hard to be rewarded with a better position and then have to get that position without the rewards.

Let's hope this doesn't last too long. Why can't I hit the lottery for about $250,000. That's all I need.

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Blogger houstonmacbro said...

I understand you so well my brother. But look at it in context of your first paragraph. You have a wonderful job that you get to travel and get tome off.

Be grateful and then when you can --and when the economy improves (it always does eventually), make the move or get promoted.

12:30 AM, November 19, 2008  
Blogger Promiscuous X said...

N OMG..I weas just talking abou this to a friend man..Why cant I hit the dam lottery ASAP...The corporate world suck balls CAPITAL B

12:20 PM, November 19, 2008  
Blogger JON said...

Much the same situation with this outfit also. Currently we have six position that have to be trimmed by two and the load of the two has to be spit amongst the four remaining.

The other option: quit! which is not an option. So we just all do it. Hoping for better times with the realization that the grass is not greener on the other side and that it is best not to jump out of the pan and into the fire.

Tired out worn out phrases but they apply. We are all just slaves to their will unless we set up shop and work for ourselves. And having your own business is not a piece of cake either.

12:50 PM, November 19, 2008  
Blogger C. Baptiste-Williams said...

i think im missing the issue here.

what i think is the issue is you are being asked to do work of the job you want without the title and pay because of a hiring freeze.

the hospitality industry is being hit hard right now every one is in a hiring freeze including us. hopefully you work for a company that will recognize your work when the freeze is lifted and award you the new position.

with people loosing jobs left and right, companies laying off 50,000 in one announcement... im quite happy just to have a job i love and would be more than happy to pitch in during these economic times.

5:58 PM, November 19, 2008  
Blogger JACK said...

I remember reading that first post about the phone call ... the economy is what it is. The reality is that many, many people are taking on extra responsibilities as companies get rid of people or freeze hiring. I say count your blessings that you have a good job and that you have an opportunity to prove why you shouldn't get laid off.

7:05 PM, November 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey dude! it's going to get better. do a bang-up job in this new role (excellent work will be rewarded--it's just a fact). also, look for other perks besides the pay/title thing. in the end, you'll have more responsibilities, thereby more respect. and, to top it all of, YOU'RE HOT TOO. shoot, what you complaining about?

7:36 PM, November 19, 2008  
Blogger Darius T. Williams said...

I'm with charles - I work for a hotel management company too - and we just lost three hotels from our portfolio - we gained two - but still - there are tons of changes.

From the management side, we've been on a hiring freeze. I'm the payroll manager - that pretty much makes me somewhat safe unless the entire company folds. But our numbers are shit right now because people just aren't traveling as much or staying in hotels as much.

As much as I wanna bitch and complain about more money - I think it's time to just be grateful for having some money.

9:40 PM, November 19, 2008  
Blogger Cocoa Rican said...

You know I so admire your calm and resolve...your going to go places pa.

10:29 PM, November 19, 2008  
Blogger yet another black guy said...

Well sometimes the sacrifice is a necessary bridge to the other side of success. I sure hope you eventually get rewarded for all your hard work.

2:42 AM, November 20, 2008  
Blogger Mr. Jones said...

At least you have a job. Lots of folks can't say that in this economy.

9:38 AM, November 20, 2008  
Blogger Chet said...

Take a moment and thank the heavens above that you already have a good job and that you are good at what you do and really enjoy your job and all the perks attached to such position. Hold steady my brotha things will get even better for you.

8:41 PM, November 20, 2008  
Blogger BPS 3.0 : Dallas said...

I agree. You have a job and at least you get to travel. My job has cut out a couple of perks to make sure we all have jobs to go to. We too just took on some extra work.

But I do believe that this will not be forgotten and when the economy gets better then you will get rewarded. Right now your reward is to have a job. Thousands would happily do your job with even more work added on.


12:28 AM, November 24, 2008  

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