Year End Job Stuffs
Let’s do the bad news first.
I saw this coming, but my promotion (as well as nearly every other promotion) was denied this year. My manager said he’s never had one denied in the past, and this year he had 3 of 3 denied. Thanks executives who don’t know me, my manager, or anything that I do! This is SO frustrating, not only because of the monetary compensation, but because it is insulting to be called the level I am called when I know I do work beyond it. It felt like a big “screw you, little employees!” from upper management. Also, my manager told me it was basically a done deal, then had to tell me that actually, no, it wasn’t. He’s had a rough year with things like that. I don’t envy his job.
He said that he’ll give me the best raise he can and hopes that the financial implications of not getting the promotion will be minimal. He’ll do what he can, but “minimal” is relative, and it isn’t fair. Not fair!
I know the economy is bad, and yes, I’m very grateful for my job. But just because the economy is bad doesn’t mean there aren’t other jobs for talented people in my fields. With a bit of looking, I probably could get another job somewhere else that pays more. It isn’t all about the money, but things like this will matter in the long run. My manager values me and is pulling for my success – I appreciate that immensely. However, I feel so unvalued by the company as a whole, except for all the people I actually work with!
But there is good news!
I got the highest ratings possible on my review, even though the suddenly changed the “curve” and it was harder to get the better ratings. This means a promotion next year is even more justified, and my raise should be solid. Aside from that, it FEELS SO GOOD to have positive feedback. I still get insecure about my abilities and my work, and it is good to hear good things from those who work above me.
We also spoke about some opportunities for next year, and it sounded like there will be a lot of areas to learn and grow in, and possibly more detailed task expectation. Yay! I’m excited!