Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Change Some More

My boss calls me and my co-worker into her office.
"There are going to be some changes to the Org Chart that is going to affect our area."
My stomach starts doing flips.
"From now on, you(me) and you(my crazy co-worker) and G(the programmer) will form a division and you two will report to G who will in turn report to me."

Now mind you, I like G, we are friends. We have spent many hours sitting together working on projects. G has an actual degree in the field we work in. And on top of that, also posses a Management degree. Qualified? Oh very much so, yes.

(I'm going to whine, so those of you with a weak mental state, stop reading here.)

G has been here 1.5 years. I have been here 10 years. Which I expressed to my boss.
I feel, slighted? Passed over? Shafted? Especially since I have been begging my boss since the day she started to get me and Crazy Co-worker more training and education instead of letting us fly by the seat of our pants. And yet my boss can't understand why I'm concerned about losing my job. Who wouldn't be upset about someone who has less time in becoming their boss? Wasn't there even a movie made about it? G is not younger than me, so that takes out some of the sting.
And I know, I could go out on my own and get training. That costs money, which I haven't had in quite some time.
I know G is more qualified than I am, than either of us. So G getting this "new" title is fitting.
I just feel my position slipping further and further down the "obsolete" slide. I'm very replaceable.
And it makes me nervous.
And frightened.
And a little depressed.

I'll be hitting up a bottle of adult beverages, believe you me.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Does the job description of the new position require a degree in the field? And does G possibly have years of experience at a different company that you aren't aware of? Those could both make a big difference. But, as you said, it's not that you don't think G should get the job, it's just that you worry about your own. I think you should write up a proposal showing what classes exactly you would like to attend, when they are, how much they cost, and what the return would be for the company. And then present it to your boss. Of course, for all I know you've done this already and it hasn't worked. In which case I would talk to someone else who can do something about it and let THEM know that you want to further your training.

All that being said - good luck with the new arrangement!