Remember my post about world domination, or at least the domination of my world? That was the one about hoping to take over a second department and shooting for a nifty title change. Except that who knew that whole Karma-thing would really come into play?
Welllll…..I got a title change (not the one I wanted, but hey…beggars can’t be choosers), a pay increase AND sixteen new employees!
This has been in the works for quite a while, and though things didn’t pan out as planned, an increase is still an increase, and added responsibility is something I thrive on. Especially since I’ve been sidelined on my workouts; I have something new and interesting to keep my mind occupied so I will stop dwelling on the fact that I’ve been hobbled, as it were.
My boss and I met with the new department this afternoon and he told them what was going down and just about everyone in the room seemed onboard with the situation. Except for one person, and I’m betting you guys will know who it was. Remember when I said, “the butt that you try to run over with a bed today may be the one you end up kissing tomorrow”? Yeah, her. ScrewLucy was all kinds of sour grapes.
After the whole “mean girls” scenario went down a year ago (yes, it’s been THAT long, but it took me six months to blog about it), I let it play out, let some time go by, and while I didn’t go out of my way to seek Lucy out, I didn’t avoid her, either, and I made it a point of kindly (which was fairly difficult; she tried to mow me over with a bed, after all) speaking to her on those occasions where we’d pass in the halls. Apparently none of that makes a difference. Throughout the entire meeting she looked as if she’d been sucking an especially sour lemon, based upon the look on her face. //shrug//
After my boss left, I stayed behind to address everyone about concerns that they may have. After reassuring them that, really, nothing has changed in the way they do things and telling them that the only real difference is that my paperwork had increased, plus they now have someone more accessible to come to with issues or questions (my boss has a LOT on his plate, given new construction projects and the five other departments he directs), that I was looking forward to getting to know them all better. I also told them that I am looking forward to bringing fun and cohesion into the department, that I know how hard they work, and that I would like to see the department certified. I also told them that pot lucks and fun team building activities are in their immediate futures. I know that these activities have brought my original team together, and this might just work for the new department.
Prior to meeting with the group, I had a one on one with my new second in command, asking how she felt about everything (she assured me this was all very okay with her), and what, in her opinion, were going to be our biggest hurdles. She indicated that Lucy is really the only one with major problems with all of this, and that everyone else would be ok. She also gave me the names of two departments that they seemed to have the most trouble keeping happy, and now I have a laundry list of people to meet with and issues to address.
Yeah, I’m a little nervous about the new responsibilities (especially since one of them is to go floor to floor to check segregation of oxygen cylinders and I’m still on a crutch), but have a feeling that things will work out. I’m not terribly confident that Lucy is going to come around, but that is her issue, not mine. I built a bridge and got over it. Now it’s her turn.
That said? This is the most unsure, professionally, I have felt since I started working at the facility in July of 2001. Let’s raise a glass and toast to my not getting my ass kicked in the parking lot after pissing someone off, shall we? 😉
Tell me about your professional changes and/or hurdles. Were you able to find ways to ease the transition? Has anyone successfully gotten their own Doubting Thomas (aka Screw Lucy) on board, and if so, how?
Until next time…