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Day 354 - November Gratitude, part 18

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I had a great check-in with my boss Annette today. It was basically a b!tchfest about all the things that have been stressing us out lately, and there have been a LOT of things that give us stress lately!

What we both gained from our conversation is that we are extremely confident people. We know that we do a great job, and we want to be acknowledged for it. Because of our age difference, we sometimes see things differently, but we still view the two of us as the Wonder Twins who unite to get a lot accomplished. It's an amazing relationship, and I still find it hard to believe that we've only been working together for 3 months (it was 3 months yesterday, the same day as my Sparkversary!)

One of the challenges I have in my job that I take personally is the salary range that they put the position at. There is a position in the District called "Director of Maintenance and Operations" - he has two Assistant Directors and a secretary, and manages a team of custodians that I would guess is probably a total of about 20 people. My title is "Director of Campus Operations" and I oversee two campuses, including fiscal management, student services, financial aid, maintenance, and a multitude of student programs including CalWORKs, EOP&S/CARE, and DSPS. I manage about 35 people, including instructional assistants, specialists, and technicians.

The Director of M&O is at pay grade 38, and I'm at grade 28. When I first found out about the discrepancy, I really struggled with it. Annette explained how they arrived at the grade they selected, and while it made sense, it still felt wrong to me. As I've been in this position now for 3 months, I realize that the difference is more significant than I originally thought. It's not about the pay, it's the status. And someone in my age bracket (baby boomer) who values title more than money, this is a big deal.

So what I came out of today with our discussions about both of our job titles and positions and pay grades, is that we are incredibly confident people who know what we want and work hard to make sure we reach our goals. That's what got me so far on SparkPeople, reaching my goal weight and maintaining it for so long. I love that I have a boss that gets me as much as I get her. We are totally in sync, and I just hope that we both have the tenacity to stick it out, even when the going gets a little rough. (And between the fires, the dropout faculty, and the stress of our students, it's been incredibly rough lately!)

So today I'm grateful for CONFIDENCE. I have the confidence to succeed, the confidence to know that I work hard to get results, the confidence to be a dedicated, passionate employee and advocate for my staff and my students. I love what I do, and I am CONFIDENT that I will be awesome at my job. (From what I hear, people think I'm doing pretty well.)

So my advice to all of you: be confident in your ability to achieve your goals. It's hard work, but you can do this. I know you can. So repeat after me...

Do not say "I hope to achieve my goals." Instead, say "I WILL achieve my goals."

Have confidence. Believe in yourself. Know that you have the power and the will and the ability. You are awesome. You are confident. You WILL get where you need to go!

I will be cheering you all the way. Keep Sparking!
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    I hear you, Steve!
    I know you can confidently do your job...I know you will flourish!
    The salary ranges/titles sounds crazy...but doesn't surprise me...I have seen it before and been on the receiving end of blatant inequity on how things were handled regarding pay, etc!
    I am so glad you have someone to work with that you click! That's worth so much!
    Have a great Friday!
    1926 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Steve, I guess I get to play the devil's advocate so here goes.

    You said that Annette explained how they arrived at your starting pay grade and you also said it made sense, but did it didn't feel right. You also say it's more about the status than the pay.
    So here are few of questions. How long has the the Director of M&O been on the job? Was that his starting position or did he work his way up? What was his starting grade?
    Is it possible to jump multiple grades at a time? Do all the other Director's have a 3 person staff?
    What is your boss's grade? How long has she been on the job?
    What is the normal grade evaluation period, six months, a year?

    Now some truths about Steve. You are a hard working, dedicated, innovative, multi-talented, intelligent and caring human being. Annette is not only your boss, she is as you said your twin. I believe, that when the powers that be review your grade status, Annette will be your biggest cheerleader.
    Keep doing what your doing. Being a tremendous asset to the college and a trusted colleague you become part of the fabric of the school. You've just begun this journey and your skill and dedication will be rewarded.


    1926 days ago
    I love the relationship you have with your boss. Steve when I was a Human Resources Assistant I too was underpaid. What did I do? I waited for some time to pass. I went above and beyond in my job and I had proof of all the challenges and accomplishments that I had completed. Once I showed them what I was made of I applied for a grievance and of course I was promoted. Continue the great job that you are doing then go for it!! I loved my job,till my last day of work before I retired I was still getting to work early. emoticon
    1927 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Whenever your performance review comes along, I am guessing at 6 months, perhaps a raise is in order. Why did the last person leave? Money, Status?

    You are confident of your abilities and your work reflects it.
    1927 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Confidence is great when things are going well. But when life keeps kicking you to the ground, it is hard to handle this confidently. I have to work hard at this on a daily basis. Glad you are in a position that gives you the satisfaction a good job is supposed to.
    1927 days ago
    I was able to tell my boss today, that I am confident that I am doing a good job and getting the results we need, step by step. But I also told him that I am exhausted with this uphill slog some days, and would love to hole up in the woods or on an island just now! He laughed and said he had just been looking up short breaks during his lunchtime, because he would love to run away at this time of the year too - budgets and hard decisions etc. are all looming! We had a good laugh and just got back to work! I hope you can eventually get a better title and a better salary soon, Steve!
    1927 days ago
    Confidence - "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you." African Proverb

    We got away from pay grade in the late 1990s and when to a market based salary system for salaried exempt employees. Simply put, it's and comparison of what employees are paid who work similar jobs in a geographic area. It takes into account experience and has no minimum or maximum pay. This process allow us to pay people based on the abilities and performance instead of some discretionary pay scale.

    You more then just a pay grade and you desire more
    1927 days ago
    Steve...I would take that confidence one step further and ASK for a raise. I'd outline all of the things that you are responsible for as you did above and state that you know there is a position of lesser responsibility at a higher pay range. You can never sit back and hope that people will recognize the good that you do...it's actually 'the MORE you do...the MORE you GET to do!' emoticon

    I know this to be true from the perspective of a Human Resources Asst. Mgr. many years ago working at the 5th largest S&L in the United States.

    AND..being a baby boomer myself I loved that AVP title at the end of my nameplate but knowing what I know now I'd take MONEY any day over title...call me whatever...just pay me what I'm worth and show appreciation for what I do.

    I worked at that bank for 10 long years...I saw men that did piddly squat pass me in pay grade while I was doing THEIR work and they were out for 4 hour lunches with cocktails.

    After this finally sunk in (took a while didn't it..10 yrs is a LONG time to be treated unjustly) t got smart and took my 401K and vested retirement and left the bank to jump into the scary world of the self-employed...after almost 20 years...I've never looked back one minute...when you do your OWN thing you sink or prosper...but I like the fact that either way it all goes to your efforts... if you are successful the spoils go in YOUR pocket...not some big bloated bureaucracy that plays politics with their pay scales.

    Stand up for your rights...and you are blessed to have a boss that you synch with. You are both stronger together. emoticon
    1927 days ago
    Confidence is the first thing that disappears when you aren't secure in your journey. It is also the first to come alive when you are "willing" to do the work to lose the weight. I hope you get that raise Steve! I know you deserve it because you give 100% in everything you do! Hugs!
    1927 days ago
    Confidence is awesome. Confidence allows to know we will be successful. You should be confident, and you should be at pay grade 38!!! Spark on.
    1927 days ago
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