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When They Come A Tappin’ …

Published June 25, 2009 - 1 Comment

My boss tapped me on the shoulder this week and asked me to come talk to him.  Hmm… OK…  Turns out that with all the retirements scheduled, they are juggling people within different groups, trying to fix some operational holes.  The boss of one group is losing people, and he’d like to steal me over to his group as a replacement.  When I asked the obvious question “Why me?” the answer was “You’re the most technically savy of our group”. 

I suppose that I should be flattered.

At face value, I can see why some people might be interested in moving to the new group.  The technology is up and coming VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and one day all our telephone calls will travel seamlessly over the internet backbone.  But for me, the decision was easy. 

I sat down and tried to weight the pros and cons.  I had quite a list of cons, and I realistically could not come up with a single pro… at least for ME.  Some young whipper-snapper looking to stay in the technical field would probably jump at the opportunity, but I’m a long way from that now.  I couldn’t justify taking a pay cut (the position does not work weekends or holidays, which normally adds a significant chunk of change to my paltry pay cheque over the course of the year), to work sporadic shift work (as opposed to my well-defined shift work), in a technical field which really doesn’t interest me any more.  Sure, I have an IP background, and I’m sure that I would catch on to this new stuff easily enough, but my heart wouldn’t be in it.  I didn’t bust my ass this year to complete my BBA (business degree) only to take a lateral move that quite literally is only 10 feet from where I’m currently sitting.  No, my next move is off this floor, and quite possibly out of this building.  I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I’m not going to deviate from the plan unless something amazing happens.

I met with the boss who wanted to steal me away, and stopped him as soon as he started his pitch.  I thanked him for considering me, but told him that I was not interested in moving, and laid out some of the reasons why.  There are a couple of others, but no one else needs to know those. He seemed to appreciate where I was coming from, and thanked me for being honest with him.  He doesn’t want someone who isn’t going to be happy there. 

Now to see if I shot myself in the foot or not.

To top it all off, as a pleasant surprise, one of my co-workers gave me a rare compliment and told me that I did a really good job with the fire alarm that we had the other day.  I tried to downplay it, of course, but he insisted, and I grudgingly shut up.  I hate when that fire alarm goes off, and this particular time it was not a false alarm.  There was no fire, but we did have a piece of equipment spark up, which caused the evacuation of the building.  It was my job to locate the problem and make the announcements, which apparently were well received.

All in a day’s work…