moneyfornothing wrote:Hello all!
I am currently in a management position in a technical group, and I'm considering applying for a staff position in another department. I have my reasons for this - less hours worked (or at least actually getting paid when working extra), less responsibility, not having to be on-call, not having to carry a phone/laptop/etc, being able to "check out" at the end of my shift, and less overall job stress. Although it would be a step down in title and in responsibility, it wouldn't necessarily affect my pay, since I know my current pay still fits in the pay scale of the tech position. In fact, since I am already well underpaid, even if my salary was matched in the lower position, I would still be making less than the midpoint of the lower position. I don't if it's possible with HR rules, but I would even consider trying to negotiate an increase if an offer was made. I am crazy to think this? Has anyone else considered or actually made a step back in your career? Any regrets? Thank you!
tractorguy wrote:The people who were most successful in the switch were highly regarded for their technical expertise, had very, very good communication skills, and had an extensive network of peers within the company. In order to justify high salaries in a technical role, the project leader or technical expert has to demonstrate as much impact on the bottom line as a person managing several people. In many ways, this is much harder than being a line manager. A highly paid individual performer has to not only be able to have good ideas and be an expert, he/she has to influence people to adopt those ideas or follow his/her recommended course of action. A line manager can do this by virtue of their positional authority (ie, do it my way because I'm the boss). A staff person has to be willing to spend the time to persuade people to follow their advice. In my experience, this is harder. The one's who were effective in the staff role made full use of their reputation, communication skills, and peer network to sell their viewpoints and make sure management knew where the ideas were coming from.
Old Guy wrote:I gave up my first level supervisor's position in the Federal Government, a position I had long wanted, to return to a staff position. It had come to me at the wrong time in my career. I was able to retain my grade, which I had before taking the supervisory role. I was much happier. I had a kid of my own, I didn't need to be a parent to seven other people, one of whom was a drunk; another who wouldn't talk to me; a third who was an idiot; and a fourth who wouldn't take direction.