After 10 years at the same job, Marie is getting demoted. And she was told this by Human Resources, not her boss. HR explained they felt it best to be the ones to give her the news … so she could be “fully informed of her rights.”
More likely, so her boss didn’t have to look her in the eye, she thought as she numbly sat in the chair listening. There had been no clue of this possibility that she was aware of. And her first thought, not surprisingly, was to quit.
Why was she getting demoted?
Although she thought of herself as an invaluable employee because she worked hard and knew how to handle things no one else knew, Marie’s department was being reorganized. And a new person was going to head up the department. Some of Marie’s duties would logically go to them.
⇒ ABOUT REORGANIZATIONS
Sometimes they are for real. The result of many months of re-strategizing the way a company operates. But sometimes they are codeword for [Read more…]