Tough time in the office

Tough time in the office

RECENTLY I was offered a promotion to a managerial position. After working as an executive for 12 years, it was quite an achievement for me. I was elated.

A week later, my promotion went down the drain. I had no choice but to reject the offer which was twisted. The managing director had verbally offered me the post of a manager, but when the letter came out in black and white, I was promoted to Senior Executive instead.

The last straw was, I was to continue with all the tasks that I have been doing and new tasks would be assigned to me since the current manager is leaving. I am already doing two persons’ job. I can’t possibly be taking on the job of three people, coupled with important functions that will determine the company’s profit and loss margin.

I was also given a probationary period of six months to evaluate if I could perform as a Senior Executive and if I failed, I’d probably have to pack my bags and leave.

I work in a multinational company with a foreign boss. I feel exploited because he told me that I would be getting the same allowance during the probationary period despite the so-called promotion.

I am already 48, and my boss seems to think that folks like me have nowhere else to go.

Bad Deal

IT is only normal to want to be appreciated and rewarded for the work that you do, especially when you have been committed to the organisation for so many years. When this does not happen, people can feel unappreciated, exploited and just generally unhappy with their jobs.

I do not think that it is just “locals” who have to tread the fine line of money over principles. It is a decision that many people have to make in their lives. Many people have to balance their need to be true to their principles and to live the kind of life they want. Sometimes compromise is necessary.

People may have to set aside their principals sometimes to make the money they need. Sometimes people have to sacrifice fair wages for the sake of their principles. Neither one person is necessarily better than the other. It is no one’s place to judge people, either.

It is a lucky person who is able to have the best of both worlds. For the rest of us who do not have that liberty, it does not mean that we must just give up on our principles. We can put our foot down somewhere and take back what is ours.

Your job is obviously important to you. Try and find some way of balancing your job and your principles. Maybe you should speak up and bring the boss’s attention to the amount of work you are doing. However, try to do this without making yourself sound incompetent. You could even try and ask for an assistant.

Just because your boss is trying to stack the odds against you, you don’t have to just lie down and take it.

Finally, if you want to leave, just do it. Irrespective of your age, it is your skills and abilities that matter. If you are serious about it, start looking around first. Make sure the job commensurates with your skills and matches your current salary.

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