In the discussion thread: So the group of people I work with is moving to another floor...someone is taking my office [View all]
Response to Dorian Gray (Reply #35)
Tue Apr 17, 2012, 11:11 PM
Honeycombe8 (18,738 posts)
38. Yes. It's a demotion, possibly. It means something. It's not just space. It's like...
you work for a school, right? You have a class you go to every day, like the other teachers. Then the school decides that you will be teaching in the old storage room at the end of the hall, now, and Becky Sue will be moving into your classroom. They'll fix the storage room up nice, don't worry.
The other teachers will not regard you the same. You have been demoted. Doesn't matter why. You can pretty up the storage room all you want, but everyone in the school knows that you are not like the others. No one else has been demoted. You will have absolutely no power whatsoever once that happens. You want new pencils? You will have to wait forever for them. Whatever. You have been demoted. Everyone knows it.
Not only that, the person in your classroom will start getting more of the work. Location is everything.
It really is a slap in the face and humiliating. Something like that doesn't happen for no reason. But they won't tell you what it means. You have to guess. Are you telling you to leave? Trying to force you out? Or do they really just want to make Becky Sue happy?
Once something uncomfortable happens, people are uncomfortable around you. The secretaries try not to look at you in the eyes because they don't know how you feel about things; it's uncomfortable. The bosses will feel uncomfortable approaching you in your storage room, when you used to be in a classroom down the hall, like the other teachers.
In my business, we mid-level workers attach to a VP. They are the ones with the work. They are the ones that control things. If I don't have a VP (and I'm the only one), then I'm like an injured bird. It's only a matter of time. First they push you here, then they'll take your work because there's no one standing behind you to stop it. When work is low, there's no one to give you work (no mama bird to feed you).
It's been this way for several years, but it was working because we were so busy, and I have unique skills. We aren't busy anymore, so vultures got together and decided to manipulate their bosses into pushing me out. The bosses don't know, exactly, that's what they are doing....maybe.
So, no. It's not just an office. I don't care about the office. It means something that they are MOVING me out of an office to put someone in who isn't even assigned to our group. Or is she, and they aren't saying that? They will never tell me. I will have to wait and see what the oust really means.
I still am tempted to chuck it in. I'm not wealthy, but I do have savings. I can get by. There's a lot to be said for self-respect and demanding being treated decently. Trust me...when we make the move and people see what has happened...she's in my office, and I'm, well, somewhere else...the whole company will assume I've been ousted. They may even assume it was my work (which is not true). People are already avoiding making eye contact with me.
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Yes. It's a demotion, possibly. It means something. It's not just space. It's like...
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