In Shock.

I was going to post my writing reports for February and March today—really, I was. I didn’t get a chance to draft that post last night, though, because I was reeling in shock from some news at work.

A whole wave of promotions went out yesterday. The bad news: I, your humble correspondent, was not promoted. (Not that I expected to be, since I would have had advance notice prior to the announcement, and I did not receive such notice.) The worse news: one of the people promoted is someone who started at the company around the same time I did and barely does any work. She rampantly takes time off work, claims to be sick and then doesn’t record in our system the full time she takes off, and definitely doesn’t meet the criteria for promotion. Yet, she was promoted to the next level. I was not.

I felt so demoralized I almost didn’t show up for work today. I did end up going in and getting a lot done, though I was a bit later than I expected to be. My internet went down this morning. Prior to the announcement of promotions yesterday, I would have waited until I got home from work to call the internet company. Now, in light of the promotions? I called this morning before work and went through the little automated troubleshooter to fix it. Hey, if people who barely work get promoted, why should I stress over ten lousy minutes, right?

I don’t regret coming to work for this company. I was in a very toxic situation before. As one of the managers at my toxic old job said, “You’ll see things here that you won’t see in ten years somewhere else.” He was right and I was right to leave. But what yesterday made clear to me is it’s time to move on from my current job. People, I busted my butt working last year. The slacker I mentioned above barely worked at all. Yet she was promoted and I wasn’t? If that’s not a clear sign it’s time to move on, I don’t know what is.

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11 thoughts on “In Shock.

  1. I’m so sorry! That’s such a terrible feeling! I really hope you find something new ASAP. Hang in there!

  2. Do it. The market is good enough now, there is no reason to stay in a crappy job. (I say this partly to motivate myself; I resonated with some things you said.)
    BUT either before you leave (now), or when you do, level with them. Tell them how you felt, and what your reaction was. My guess is that they have no clue (or this wouldn’t have happened). They may really appreciate knowing it, and keep it in mind in the future. But if they don’t care, it’ll just be confirmation that leaving was the right thing.

    1. Thanks, Lisa. I’ve been looking off and on for a while… no luck so far. I want to move out of state, so I think that complicates things.

      As far as telling them… I’m not sure if/how I’ll do that. The problem is I’m pretty sure my manager, who has worked closely with the individual in question, actually LIKES her. To be clear, my manager did not recommend her for the promotion, but I think she [i.e. my manager] would say it’s deserved. Plus, a lot of people in our field know each other or of each other, and I don’t want to burn any bridges. It’s a tricky situation, unfortunately.

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