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Little did I realize that losing the title of Manager meant losing my office too! I don't want to return to the cubicle world...
I have been a Manager in IT for 8 years, with direct reports ranging from 4-19. I've recently agreed to take on a new role that has no direct reports, and a title change to Business Systems Consultant. Little did I realize that losing the title of Manager meant losing my office too! I don't want to return to the cubicle world. How best do I challenge the status quo? It's like I have to do a business case to keep my office - and then the chances are very slim.
Ouch! We do feel your disappointment and chagrin, which might be a tough pill to swallow. It sounds like you unfortunately did not ask enough questions about the new position's perks, benefits, and disadvantages. Monday morning quarterbacking is easy for us and you, of course, so we don't need to linger on how to fix this mistake in the future. We all make assumptions based upon our wishes, and these need to be validated.
That said, your options are really two-fold: Accept the situation and alter your mindset about it, lean into networking, or ethically lobby key stakeholder for your position.
ALTER YOUR MINDSET
We're sorry for your situation, but we know plenty of people who wish they had a job to complain about! Good luck in coping and making lemonade out of lemons. Thanks for writing to Office-Politics.
Rick Brandon, Ph.D. and Marty Seldman, Ph.D., Co-authors
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