Okay so I returned to work last July after my second baby. I work 3 days a week. I also worked 3 days a week after having DD.
Both times, after I had been back at work for a few months my boss praised how well I've transitioned back to work and that the fact I had young kids didn't impact on my attendance and work effort etc.
Thing is, when I was away on my second lot of mat leave, the girl who replaced me was given a promotion. She had been there 9 months and was given the promotion 2 weeks before I returned to work. She also became my boss!
I was a bit peeved then but I made a vow it wouldn't effect me, it was only a temporary thing until Jan 16 (so 6 months). Well in December her position was advertised as a permanent position and the job opportunity was sent around our team.
Of the people suitable for the role there was...
Me: I've been there 6 years and have 11+ years marketing experience (it's a marketing role) and I've managed people within certain projects in that time and have done a management training course.
Let's call her Jane: she's doing the same job as me at the same level and has been there since she replaced me during my first mat leave, so 4 years. She has 12+ years marketing experience, she did a 18 month secondment where she managed 3 staff.
Let's call her Sarah: She was performing the advertised role for 6 months on contract, has been there 14 months total and has 3 years marketing experience, no managerial experience at all - not even a training course.
So I asked a question about the application requirements as I was set to apply for the role. My boss (original boss) didn't answer my question he just said, you do realise I'm expecting this role to be full time. I queried that and said what scope would I have to negotiate reduced hours if I were to apply. He spun me the official policy line of that the most suitable candidate for the role would be appointed and at that point they had the option to negotiate reduced hours.....
But what's the point? You've already basically said not to apply because I wouldn't be able to negotiate part time hours as he wouldn't be willing to negotiate - he wanted someone full time!
So I didn't bother as I saw how it was going to play out. Jane did apply, she had to address 24 selection criteria! She got an interview but didn't get the role. She was told she was too arrogant in the interview (uuuuum aren't you meant to be in an interview - you're selling yourself!) and she didn't answer a question about marketing plans for 2016 as well as Sarah. Thing is Sarah had been working on the marketing plans for the 2 months prior - of course she answered it better.
So Jane had managerial experience and had been in the team for 4 years, but didn't get the role over someone with less marketing experience and less experience in our workplace! I'm peeved off for her! I'm also peeved off at my boss for the comments about full time.
So fast forward to now both Jane and I had been asking for months about when we were going to meet to develop the marketing plans for 2016, we were told they were waiting for a whole of organisational staff reshuffle to be finalised before we do the plans. That turned out to be BS, basically Jane and I weren't involved in developing the marketing plans (something we had done every year up until now as its in our job description) my original boss and Sarah did them together with NO input from me and Jane.
So not only had we been cast aside and overlooked for the team leader position, they completely ignored a combined 10 years experience in those same roles for the organisation and over 20 years marketing experience we had. So now we will just be given the plans to implement, we have essentially been demoted.
All by a boss who always praised me for my return to work behaviour and efforts about how it was his job to prepare me for my next role (he's done nothing for me in the 4.5 years he has been there) and he wanted to as he valued my experience and work ethic etc, yet he has allowed all of this other stuff to happen.
I don't know what I have done wrong or why Sarah is getting preferential treatment when she's not as experienced as Jane and I both in the organisation or in marketing. She's our team leader who just last week went to a training course entitled "from team member to team leader"... WTF!?
I feel so used and like I've been cast aside. I'm hard working, have given that job my all, I'm always presenting new ideas, I'm always improving processes, I'm always supporting my other team members and all for what!? I'm so unmotivated and feel really quite sad about the whole thing.
Sorry for the novel.... Question is if you were me, HWYF!? How would you feel? Am I over reacting? Justified? Was my boss wrong in his approach in telling me the role was part time, is this just how things are given I can only work part time at the moment and I need to suck it up!???