- 2 years ago
Hi, bees! I was born, raised and live in Europe (Eastern Europe ex-communist country) and I really want to know your opinion and what you would do if you got screwed at work:
Since I graduated, I have been working in bio-medical research. Most research done here is funded by projects. Some of them better and some of them worse: the better ones have more flexible financing, while the worst recquire the acquisition of reagents four years in advance and so on (many prohibiting conditions).
For the last 2 years, I have been included (even helped designing and translating) in a “worst project” that classifies human resorce as “assistants” or “specialists”. For that period of time, I was considered to be an assistant, which didn’t bother me since my role was minimal. Due to some people leaving the project, a specialist position became available and I got a heads up from my direct boss that they want me to be that specialist (5x better payment), since for the next one year and a half, I would be conducting (designing and carring out) experiments using in vivo models. Which I was happy to find out about. Even the deputy director (the director in function, actually) told me that they want to switch me from assistant to specialist and a coworker of mine (that I have been teaching in vivo methods – she is 6 years younger than me, so less experienced and hates handling awake animals) would be put into the assistant position I would leave.
That was 2 weeks ago. Last week I took 5 legal vacation days (Mo-Fri). I got a call on Thu that a report had to be completed and offered to come back to office on Fri, since I would be back home on Thu evening. So I went in and worked all day long, cancelled the Fri as vacation day.
And just before I left office, my direct boss called me in her office and told me that the deputy director had chosen my coworker to become a specialist in the project, while I remain an assistant. The deputy director argued that I had agreed on this (me = assistant, coworker = specialist), and that it would be easier on the paperwork anyway (only one document, not two) – which would have been a consultant’s idea.
If I stay in the project, I am paid so less that it’s not worth the bother of writing a monthly report. If I leave the project, I still have to manage the whole animal experiments (no one there can do it – no one bothered to learn how to do those procedures), but probably would be excluded from all the articles they publish based on mostly my work.
The thing is, the contract on “specialist” position started on March 1st (this Friday), so I really don’t know how I can manage this situation.
I have a tendency to become passive agressive and ignore everyone I consider did me wrong. I have talked to my best friend and to my boyfriend and they both told me to prepare a some phrases to tell to people who see me upset on Monday.
I am just curious, what would you do? How would you manage this situation so it shifts towards your best interest?