I recently asked my boss about possibly moving to a different position. I was stunned when he replied, “That’s not likely to happen because you’re just too good at your job.” After working here for 16 years, I found his response to be extremely demoralizing.
Eleven years ago, the owners decided to make me the receptionist. Although I expressed concern about being tethered to a switchboard, they said my outstanding phone personality could really help the business. Now they won’t even consider putting anyone else in this role.
I have more to offer than a pleasant voice and a friendly face, so being trapped in an entry-level position is frustrating. Apparently, the reward for good work here is being stuck in the same job forever. I don’t want to leave, but I’m becoming impatient. Do you have any advice? – Stuck
I admit I had to read this question twice, as it left me with my mouth agape. I couldn’t help but think if this was a man would they have given her the same reply. I also sighed and though you’re damned if you do, and you’re damned if you don’t. Reading McIntyre’s answer, I found myself in agreement with her plan “identify one or two feasible jobs and then prepare a summary showing how your abilities match those duties. Next, outline specific steps for smoothly transitioning to a new receptionist. Present this proposal to your manager and see how he responds. If he wasn’t willing to budge, then yes time to move on.” Because it clear he is never going to see her in a new light.