This is a very interesting situation. It is not yours. It is someone you work closely with.
A couple months ago, you wouldn’t have entertained any other thoughts but, “NO – this person needs to retire, ASAP. They can afford it. And should go.”
But recent events are making you see things a little differently.
Let’s back up a bit and set the scene how you came to this conclusion of, “Yes, 60 Is The Right Age To Take A Promotion.”
For starters, this person has been on your nerves since Day 1.
Your views and this person’s views, couldn’t be more opposite. The big difference between the two of you, is one of you is more vocal than the other.
Hint – it’s not you.
Also, you have nothing in common. This person reminds you of your age. Not a huge deal, it’s happened before, it’ll happen again.
And occasionally she runs over to your cube to show you a cat video, pics of their new furniture purchase, a new piece of jewelry they bought.
Or your personal favorite: a preview of a book they’re writing, with a goal of 600 words to write a day.
You do your best to smile, act interested. But most of all, hold back the fact that you are annoyed as all get-out to be interrupted with non-work related question.
Clearly, this person has never heard of the Art of Workplace Interaction.
This person dismisses anything that seems like your idea.
Congrats! It’s your turn to be on the Sunshine committee at work for a year. What’s a Sunshine committee you may ask? It’s the group in the office that circulates cards to be signed for weddings, funerals, hosts baby showers, collects and picks up money for donations, gifts, organizes fundraisers, etc.
Surprisingly, the committee gets along fairly well, assigns roles, respectfully agrees or disagrees and makes decisions as a group when needed. Rare!
However, the only one person that is not in the committee, yet gripes about the decisions and actions done in the committee: is the person that needs to retire.
She takes it up with you directly, in your cube. And no one else on the committee. Great. Another way to be interrupted with more non-work related questions.
There’s also a pattern of her bringing stuff to your desk, that she thinks you are working on (or should be working on) but are not. And starts kind of argumentatively talking about it.
You bring it up with your Supervisor and she brushes it aside, “Oh, just ignore her. She does that with everybody.”
Your conclusion: this woman is cray cray and needs to retire.
This person was handed a new role and a promotion like candy.
After the unexpected departure of one of your Supervisors, there’s a lot of chatter in the office how their position is going to be filled.
Some of your immediate coworkers even make remarks to management, “When this position is open, I would like the opportunity to apply for it.”
It’s a little surprising when all of the sudden an all-staff memo goes out saying the person you believe should retire, is now in the Supervisory role and teams X, Y and Z are now reporting to them.
What the WHAT?
You’ll forget about your professional background in a former life, toss all hiring practices out the window and not ask questions how this was pulled off. After all, you love your new job and you need a paycheck.
You do feel bad for your coworkers who said they were interested in the job. In your opinion, they were also qualified for it and would have been great at it. Needless to say, it causes a little awkwardness and tense moments in the workplace between some people.
Did the person who needs to retire improve their interactions with others in their new promotion?
Still continued on annoying you with cat videos. And endless chit chat about the exhausting return process of their Roomba.
Bonus discussions: they even talked about their inheritance from a relative passing. This explains the +50K vehicle purchase, house paid off, lots more jewelry purchases and oh, the Roomba.
So, when did a change in this person occur?
It wasn’t until almost every one in the office was scattered across the country on business trips, or on vacations and the person who needs to retire was left in charge.
In one week, you worked with a completely different person.
You saw her handle some of the biggest wrenches that can get thrown at a company.
Such as a huge accident.
Your workplace wasn’t directly involved in it, but, did get called on it. The day of the accident she fielded questions to give her subject matter expertise and explain the extent of your workplace’s involvement.
Since the acoustics in your office are horrible and walls are paper thin, you could hear some of her responses. You would not have been ready to be on the receiving end of those questions. On and off in the week she was called and you foresee the years of litigation it may entail.
Also throughout the week, she yanks you out of your cube, into her office and asks for your opinion on other work related topics or to help her with something.
Holy cow – interrupted for work related questions! Now those you can tolerate!
It was a week of putting out fires and it was #Epic
Did changes for the better continue after the week of reigning all?
What do you think is holding this person back?
On and off, this person has openly debated about retiring. Or try to get into higher level management positions.
Time and time again, they have stated they are financially independent. This person has never been married, has no children, no nieces or nephews, parents are deceased and overall has no legacy to pass down to anyone.
You realize her coworkers, are also her friends.
OMG! This explains why you’ve had to watch so many cat videos! They think you are on a friend level! Even though you are a millennial, you suck at being a friend in the workplace and totally missed these queues since you are wired a little odd.
For 40 years, her career has been her life. She’s been with other companies, but for the past 10 years, has not been able to advance with this one. You won’t get into discrimination for women in the workforce today, and will save that for other blog post(s).
You do believe that current management, who most have been in their positions for 15 – 25 years, have been in the way and are holding her back.
They may have thought they were doing a solid for her by sliding her into one of the vacancies that randomly came up, but, it may be not the way she wanted to earn it. Nor the exact position. After all – it’s a supervisory job and these are the positions that are buffers between the minions and management! No thank you!
You now believe if you desire a challenge, because it’s your passion and your calling in life, you should do so no matter what age you are.
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