In Training for Unwanted Promotion


Anonymous writes:
My employer is currently training me to serve as backup relief for a position
that I do not want to fill. The position requires excessive overtime and the
rate of pay does not adequately compensate for the demands of the job.
Eventually this training will lead to a promotion to fill this position. I personally
know I can do the work but would rather not have anything to do with the position.


The Career Doctor responds:
Yours is a problem that I am seeing more and more of in this current
environment of employers pushing productivity by training employees
for multiple positions so that one person can do the job of the others
who have been rightsized out of the firm.
On one hand you should feel good about yourself that your employer
values you enough to expand your skills and prepare you for a possible
promotion. On the other hand too many people get promoted or moved
into career paths that they end up hating — and wondering how they ever
got so far away from where they started.
So…you have a couple of choices.
First given the current employment scene you may decide it best to
keep your mouth shut for the time being and continue the training until
the employment picture gets better — which for many industries and
careers should be some time this year.
Second if you have any kind of positive relationship with your supervisor
you could try having a heart-to-heart and spell out exactly how you see
your career path — and how it does not include a switch to this other
position (with or without a promotion). Be forewarned that no matter how
good your relationship with your boss this strategy could lead to you
being marked as ungrateful and not a team player.
Third you could start a new job search by getting your resume together
and contacting all the people in your network. Depending on the size of
your company you may even be able to do an internal transfer to another division.
Never settle for something that makes you unhappy. Life is too short.

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Anonymous writes:
My employer is currently training me to serve as backup relief for a position
that I do not want to fill. The position requires excessive overtime and the
rate of pay does not adequately compensate for the demands of the job.
Eventually this training will lead to a promotion to fill this position. I personally
know I can do the work but would rather not have anything to do with the position.


The Career Doctor responds:
Yours is a problem that I am seeing more and more of in this current
environment of employers pushing productivity by training employees
for multiple positions so that one person can do the job of the others
who have been rightsized out of the firm.
On one hand you should feel good about yourself that your employer
values you enough to expand your skills and prepare you for a possible
promotion. On the other hand too many people get promoted or moved
into career paths that they end up hating — and wondering how they ever
got so far away from where they started.
So…you have a couple of choices.
First given the current employment scene you may decide it best to
keep your mouth shut for the time being and continue the training until
the employment picture gets better — which for many industries and
careers should be some time this year.
Second if you have any kind of positive relationship with your supervisor
you could try having a heart-to-heart and spell out exactly how you see
your career path — and how it does not include a switch to this other
position (with or without a promotion). Be forewarned that no matter how
good your relationship with your boss this strategy could lead to you
being marked as ungrateful and not a team player.
Third you could start a new job search by getting your resume together
and contacting all the people in your network. Depending on the size of
your company you may even be able to do an internal transfer to another division.
Never settle for something that makes you unhappy. Life is too short.


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