Hi everyone. Just wanted to share an update on this whole scenario.
So...funny enough...(not funny)...another employee got up a few months ago and just walked out. Mid morning. No warning. Just packed her stuff, said "good luck, but I can't work for him for one more second" and walked out. I was so jealous of her freedom!
After a whole roller coaster of movement, him promoting his friend (who they are now not on speaking terms because the friend wants to actually do the job well...shocker), him hiring another friend who is a nice guy, but otherwise a disastrous fit for the role he was put in, and a new hire he made in a rush who told him 2 days later she was pregnant, so would need maternity leave in 3 months, him leading her to believe she would qualify for leave under FMLA but then when he actually did his homework when she left on leave, found out she didn't qualify, told her she could come back but couldn't guarantee same position, so she is now suing the company (make that 3 ex-employee lawsuits I've personally been privvy to in the 4 years I've been there)....where was I going with all this?....oh yes...just saying "it's been malfunction junction lately".
Where does that leave me?
Well, he has been oddly very nice to me. Obnoxiously so, to be frank. Making small talk, asking how I'm doing, praising me for little things I've done (whereas before I got no recognition for anything). But as my husband pointed out to me one day..."The fact you think it's weird, is weird.". Right? Why should I think it's so weird for my boss to act normal? Something is still wrong with this picture.
Anyway...the good news is...I'm currently awaiting a call back on an amazing job offer. It would be leading a new team at another company, doing something similar to my role now but in more of a strategic and managerial sense, as opposed to being the one doing all the tasks.
It goes to a piece of advice that one of my coworkers said shortly after the initial post, because she was having a rough day too. She said "You know what, we aren't doing it for him. We're doing it for our clients who love and appreciate us. Let's still be amazing for them, regardless of what he thinks".
So I did. And it worked. Because the person who approached me about this opportunitiy is one of my clients, who noticed the work I was doing, and wanted that kind of effort and energy as part of his organization. What an AMAZING return on that piece of advice!
Now, of course as with any early stages of an offer like this, it may not happen. I'm trying to set myself up for the possibility that I don't get selected in the end so that I'm not heartbroken (oh who am I kidding? I will be devastated, lol), but since the initial question, my mind has been racing, my creative wheels have been spinning nonstop, and I can't stop thinking about all the possibilities of being able to do the job really well to help so many people. Ahhhh!
The other great thing is that this person knows I'm also a wedding photographer and is totally fine with it. He himself owns businesses all around the world, so to him, that's not a barrier, so that's amazing too.
I can't wait to find out what the final verdict is. I'm so excited.