Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I'm lucky, right?

I have an odd situation at my job. Along with most companies in the US today, mine is restructuring and cutting back on jobs. This means that folks at my level may have their specific job cut but a new one will be created to combine that job along with another one. This is the case with my job, they are planning on cutting the position across the board from all the stores.
This is not a problem, since I know that as they restructure the jobs I should have one of the new "combo" jobs.
Herein lies the problem. One of the jobs my boss would like me to take is a salaried job at almost twice my pay (currently I am hourly). This is great, right? Well, I am not too sure. The new job will entail me being responsible for personnel, hiring, and making sure all the underlings are their jobs. Lots and lots of interactions with people. I've had it come up before that I am intimidating and that our temporary employees don't feel like they can approach me because I demand a lot from them (I expect them to do the job they were hired to do, not to stand around and socialize. I hate people and my skills at being "democratic" and "tactful" with others is questionable. I do a good job now; I interact with one other person all day long, with a few interactions with other interspersed throughout the day,I find financial errors, I follow-up on paperwork and I get things done. The people I communicate with are through the computer, no face-to-face.

Obviously, my boss believes I can do the job since she approached me about it, but I don't know if I should apply for it. I don't believe in taking a job if I can not give it 100% of my skills.
On the other hand, the money is nice, we have college funds and retirements to think about.
What do you think I should do?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't take it - if you aren't a people person, then manageing them is not something you should do. They'll hate you and you'll grow to hate your job as well. Or - you'll get a reputation and no one will want to work there. Which would be sad because you are responsible for hiring people. It could become a vicious cycle.

wally said...

You hate people? That would be a difficult job for a conscientious supervisor because today's younger workers think that the actual performance of their job is secondary to their being comfortable and happy in the workplace.

Envoy-ette said...

Wally has a point! On the other hand, any employment is always better then no employment. Does it pay enough to ease the headaches you will get doing it? Sounds like more time away from the Jman-something you can never get back. If I were financially sound, I don't think I would take it. I may end up quitting or getting fired if my temper flared.