Today I went to an “offsite” and helped re-org our department.
I had provided feedback a few weeks ago that I thought that we should do away with my role considering the direction our organization was moving. Don’t get me wrong. I have plenty of work to do, but the product that I manage the creating of has been twisted, modified and turned around to be something other than the continuous learning offerings that it originally intended to meet. Now I will be drawn into the world of additional politics, more subject matter experts that feel like they own the process and more program directors to deal with.
No thank you!
Before this was decided I had told my boss that I wanted to get into other stuff. More of the knowledge management, information architecture, communities of practice and social networking possibilities. However, that group doesn’t seem to need staffing at this time.
So, over the course of the next few months I will be making sure that everything is in order so that my job can transition over to 5-6 other people. As typical, when I leave a job, my job is usually taken on by more than three other people. Unfortunately, fortunately, I can be a work machine and most people that overtake my prior jobs don’t seem to be machines.
Either way, I am calm and satisfied. I don’t really have any emotions right now and so maybe that’s a good thing.
I do feel sorry for my boss though. The two other people that would have modified jobs don’t seem too thrilled. Now is an opportunity for our organization to hire people that actually fit the job descriptions.
Change is good.