Monday, June 04, 2007

Awkward Spot

I was caught between two superiors today as my director stood up for me or, more specifically, my program. The other, the "specialist", my direct superior, isn't fulfilling her responsibilities with respect to our county and hasn't for a while.

A brief e-mail war ensued in which they both copied me their replies and all I could do was keep working and be as invisible as possible. I deeply appreciate the gesture on the director's part--a good guy all the way around--but my annual evaluation is literally just around the corner and the last thing I need right now is a confrontation. I would like to get a raise.

I am clearly going to be stuck in this job for another six months or so at least. So I'm re-wrapping my mind around the fact that I am basically an assistant doing my superior's work, regardless of my lengthy title. Once again I've got to figure out how to handle my workload on half-time pay. It's not fair, but it is a reality. It could be worse; I could be stuck doing something that doesn't engage my brain at all or offer any rewards outside of a paycheck. Maybe I shouldn't whine.

But I'm going to anyway.


Scotty said...

Ouch - a rock and a hard place eh, Mary?

Mary O. Paddock said...

I am frequently in this position at work, Scotty. If it's not office politics, it's parents, if it's not parents, it's the board . . .