I have been looking for another job for quite some time now. Working in Human Resources can tell you a lot about a company. It also allows you to know secrets that would completely irritate the rest of the employees, should they ever come to light.
That being said, my current position isn’t good for me. There are far to many “questionable” decisions for my liking. Add to that, when we were getting to renew benefits, the owner was going to cut them significantly. I had posted my resume to see what else was out there. I couldn’t afford how much I would shell out to cover the benefits my company was.
Long story short, a friend of mine asked if I was getting an assistant and sent me the job link she found. My boss apparently saw my resume and posted one of their own….to replace me!!! I had been upfront about how detrimental cutting the benefits would be. I was basically dismissed from that discussion. Then, instead of my boss coming to me to discuss why my resume was posted, he chose find someone else to do my job. Later, after their interviews, it was determined they would “reinvest” in me. They didn’t know I knew about their interviews for my position and that no one would accept the low pay they were offering. Why? I do A LOT for this company, but am severely underpaid; but not according to “the powers that be”.
That situation never sat well with me and I have kept my options open ever since. On Monday, I had a job interview. It’s a completely different line of work. I will assist in running an office and we will start a benefits program; with my help. My new employer is paying for my current benefits that I will continue on C.O.B.R.A., until we have a new plan in place. I was hired on the spot.
I get to wear the same clothes that I currently wear to work. There’s something to be said for not having to dress up every day. Jeans and tank tops are awesome!!! It’s a busy office, but I feel my stress level will reduce considerably. My health has to be a priority. I already feel a bit relieved having given notice. A weight definitely has been lifted and prayers have been answered.
They have five dogs at my new job. So I still can take a break and regroup (if need be) with some pup time. You’d be surprised how much working with animals can help keep a person balanced.
Today, I discovered, they are going to replace me with an executive assistant. That ticks me off a bit. I have been saying for over two years, they don’t want an HR person, but an assistant. An executive assistant position will probably pay more than my position. That’s just how this company works. They pay new people much more than existing staff.
I will complete the rest of this week. Get through next week, as Friday is my last day. I will not prepare “how-to” sheets for all the work I do. After working for a company for five years, you would think management would want to discuss keeping me or at least acknowledge I am leaving. Not one word. A few coworkers know, because I told them. They will be sorry I am leaving. In part, I believe it’s because no one else knows how to do my job.
It really sucks, working so long for someone to feel this unappreciated. Five years is a decent amount of time to be with one company. I guess it’s just too hard to acknowledge I’ve done a good job for them and to wish me well.