I have not been as active this week as I would have liked. As I’ve mentioned in prior weeks, I just started a new job. I can officially say that the first day was the most unique first day of anything that I have ever experienced.
At about 10:30, after completing all the necessary HR paperwork, my new boss sat down with me and told me that effective within two weeks, I would be a director. How about that? I got promoted on the first day. Needless to say, that is a lot to take in. As I’ve mentioned before, this is where the ego and brain start to have a battle. The first reaction is to get a big head and be very excited about the opportunity. But that is not the attitude we promote here at Thriftgenuity.
Once I let the reality set in, I started changing my mindset of what my goals would have been as an individual contributor to now having to manage a team. It is a very different mindset with a very different set of goals and challenges. Of course, we also can’t forget what the means from a compensations standpoint. I felt very good about what I had negotiated based on the position I thought I was coming into. Now, I must evaluate if that compensation is worth the headaches that come with the added responsibility. My formula is [total compensation]/[total hours] = [true compensation]. Then I must add in how much the headaches and stress are worth to me.
So, there is a conversation to be had with the powers that be in the near future about what that compensation looks like and what the plan is. Again, I will repeat, my point is to not be blinded by the flattery of a promotion make sure that you are not in there just as the cheapest option. Conversely, don’t be blinded by high compensation because jobs with high stress and no outside life are not always worth it.
I will say, however, that this situation proves a point I made in an earlier post about managing people. Many do not want to take on this responsibility. I have managed teams pretty much since I entered the work world and that is what made me qualified for this switch in roles that I am in.
Effect on the Blog
I was pretty sure that the new job might change my blog schedule a bit. With this change, I have a feeling it might change the schedule a lot. My plan is to try to get all of my posts written over the weekend and then post them throughout the week, as it seems that my time during the week will be pretty tied into this new position. For those of you that see me out on your sites commenting regularly, I promise, I will get to as much as I possibly can, but perhaps not as timely as I’d like.
For me, the blog has turned into a nice outlet and something that I can call my own. With the good fortune in the job market, I am no longer concerned about breaking even with my hosting costs or making extra money. I actually think this will be good for the content as it will all be what I want to write without consideration of affiliates, ads, or anything else to block things up. Hopefully, I can keep up and get the site below the 200,000 mark in the Alexa ranking so I can apply to be a full-fledged member of the Yakezie network. I will definitely consider that an accomplishment.
Have a great weekend!