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30 July 2013 @ 09:03 pm
Give me a heart attack, why don't you.  
I had a call put through to me today from one of our middle-management chappies who, after the usual pleasantries, explained that he was assessing staffing levels and making sure that skills matched needs in the branch network, and as a result he was pleased to offer me a full-time position at our Strathpine branch.

My immediate response was a definite "NO! No, I don't want that." I felt sick inside; heart racing, palms sweaty, and adrenaline spiking as I prepared to fight over it.

"That's a pretty strong refusal," he said, "may I ask why?"

I told him that I already travelled for an hour to work every day and had no intention of spending any longer in travel time. There was a brief silence, before he said "Oh, this is MW, isn't it? I was looking for MD - is she there today?" MD is a relief teller who shares my first name, and was filling in at our branch today.

After that we joked about it for a little bit, and he commented "What must you have thought about being offered a teller's role?" That's when I pointed out that I heard the "Strathpine" bit but didn't hear the "teller" bit. If I had, I might very well have hung up on him then and there. Which wouldn't have been a very smart career move, not at all.
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byslantedlight: BD Asleep (adapted from orig icon by Sunbyslantedlight on July 30th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
Hee! Well done for not being MD though - phew! *g* So... they can just call you up and tell you that you're being shifted somewhere far away though? Without a what-do-you-think?, never mind a by-your-leave? I'd've had a heart attack too, I think...
miwahni: Cats Gandalf the grey and whitemiwahni on July 31st, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
They can make a "business decision" at any time about your location, although there are some rules around it - we can't be shifted more than an hour's travel from home without our agreement, for instance, so if the call really HAD been for me I could not have been forced to go. As for MD - she lives within five minutes' walk of the branch she's been transferred to and she's been trying to get off relief staff for months, so she's really pleased.
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miwahni: Cats Gandalf the grey and whitemiwahni on July 31st, 2013 11:38 am (UTC)
He did, a bit, but we just had a laugh about it. Hey, he bought me a drink once so I won't give him a hard time about it. Much *g*