October 29, 2010

Weird complaint (be careful what you wish for)

It looks like I'll be getting a promotion.

Which sounds great, but... (I hate to even complain about this. I have a job in the midst of 'The Great Recession' for which I AM grateful.)

They want me to become the "Studi0 Pr0duction Manager". It would involve making sure we have the personnel resources to cover the work flowing through our office. I'd be moving more into an Art Director/managerial role where I supervise and direct the freelancers.

My hesitation is because they aren't planning to replace my design role. The Boss Lady thinks that we get slow enough throughout the year that we don't need two full-time designers. Yet, it's fairly rare that I'm twiddling my thumbs: maybe two months of the year get a little slower, but the rest of the time, it's rare to work a 40-hour week. So now they are expecting me to remain 50% billable and be 50% administrative. I'd hoped for a job where I could have design optional, but not required. This way, it really sounds like they're just giving me MORE work without taking anything away. The theory is that I'm being empowered to bring in the contractors that we need, but we'll see...

I had to remember to thank KBig and Boss Lady for the opportunity. They both commented that I didn't seem that excited. I told both of them my concern that I'd end up doing 70% and 70% rather than 50/50. Jrex had a great suggestion: if I have design to do, I stay home in the morning and get it done, then come in for the afternoon to manage things. I'll have to discuss that with Boss Lady.

On the plus side, no matter what, I know that we're moving in late spring or summer. I get a promotion on my resume, a little more money (don't know how much yet...) and I gain some valuable experience. Knowing it's not a death sentence or a DOOM for the next few years of my ever shorter life, I can make it work. If I were staying here, I think I'd feel trapped.

Do I sound like a whiner? An ungrateful brat? I feel like one.


Anonymous said...

I think congratulations are in order here along with some acknowledgement of your concern. I think you have it worked out well in that you've identified all of the positives with the best one being that you know this promotion has a limited lifespan.

Well done you!

Aimee said...

I know how you feel, but on a much, much smaller scale. You're like, "Thanks.... I think...".

But you can do it! And there's light at the end of the tunnel. So, go for it!

Anonymous said...

A concern I've expressed before -- Aren't you concerned that your honest comments on this blog will get to your bosses?

They're computer fluent. If they're looking for you, they can find you.

But, congratulations anyway.

Mizasiwa said...

hey congrats anyway, i think that in your industry any kind of progress is a double edged sword ;-) liam has the same problem!!

OTRgirl said...

Anonymous (aka Dad): anytime I mention a client or a job specific (i.e. searchable) phrase, I substitute a number for a letter. That way, my blog won't pop up in search engines when someone looks for job related things. Thanks for your concern. I'm cautious, fear not.