Question: I work in the office /HR department. My manager recently told me that the VP of sales wants me to be part of the sales department to make outreach calls (while still being part of the OM/HR department). I appreciate that he sees what I am capable of doing and I would normally be excited about the opportunity, but here is the situation:
A couple of months ago, I was asked to join the sales department as a rep for South America and the Caribbean. I decided to take the move into the sales department and was excited about using my Spanish skills and learning the other side of the company. I tried it and I learned a lot, but realized that it wasn’t for me.
During that time, I was supposed to receive aafter three months. Instead, I received a write-up (but not really). The write-up stemmed from an incident with a co-worker. I did not take it any further than that incident itself, and it was obvious that the co-worker discussed it with the manager and the manager took her side without even discussing the situation with me.
I was furious, but being the person that I am, I kept my mouth shut and decided that I should go elsewhere.
Am I wrong in thinking that the move from administrative assistant to sales rep should come with an increase? I know for a fact that if someone were to be hired from the outside, he or she would make a lot more than I would and that I would never receive such a jump in my salary because it's an inside move.
Anyway, I was changed from being a rep for South America and the Caribbean to a rep for the East Coast. Even though the manager knew I was not ready for such a fast-paced region, she decided to throw me into the water because she had to take on another role and would not be in the office for support. It did not work out.
During my job search, an opportunity came up to return to my previous position in the OM/HR department, and here I am.
My current manager understands that I am not comfortable with going back to sales and why. There is an obvious lack in management skills and I didn’t receive the raise that I was offered when I took the position, among other issues. The problem is that she said I should be a team player and that, traditionally, when one is asked to help, one shouldn’t say "No."
My current position already requires me to be a team player all the time and go above and beyond my title to complete the jobs of two co-workers who are not efficient workers. I told my manager that I would not take the position without an increase. I'm trying to stand my ground, but it seems like the VP is making this a mandatory change. What do I do now?
Please help! -- Anonymous