Yep. There it is. “The Door”.
And the big boss is showing it to me.
No, I’m not being fired. And at least he didn’t tell me something trite like, “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.”
The business I’m in favors job mobility – – moving to a new position every few (3-5?) years. The thought is you don’t want to become stale and entrenched in your current job. Likewise, the thinking is you can bring fresh ideas to the new position.
I hold to the counter argument (with allowance for exceptions) that the expertise and depth of knowledge built up over the years is a synergistic bonus to job success. Move only when you want, not when someone thinks you’ve been there too long.
The exceptions? The curmudgeons and troglodytes are always there in any business. Sometimes they must be moved just for the health of the organization. Admittedly in the mostly futile hope of actually finding them a job that they can accomplish without bringing down civilization as we know it.
I’ve been here 3 years.** The big boss thinks it’s time for me to go.
So, I seek other jobs in the big organization, outside of my office.
The good part? The jobs I’m looking for mostly require an interview with a panel.
If I “accidentally”, during that interview – – –
a) Pick my nose,
b) Leer at the cleavage of the woman leading the panel,***
c) [there is no (c)], or
d) Channel and start quoting ancient Hittite philosophers.
…or some such nonsense, I can self-sabotage the interview!
But not too much. I don’t want to burn too many bridges before I get to them.
I’m not wanting to move soon.
If I ignore the door…is it not there?
**…this time…I like this place I’ve been here numerous times in various positions.
***yeah, I know that wouldn’t really be an “accident”. Rather, it takes purposeful effort to avoid doing that in the first place.