I recently interviewed for a unit/specialty that I really want to go to. Not only does this unit offer experience more in line with my long term goals, but it offers a schedule that I'd love to work (much more so than my schedule on my current unit).
I didn't get good nor bad vibes from the interviewer. I was not interviewed by the manager of the unit though, it was the clinician. I was expecting a call to come this week if I got the job, and it did not.
I had told only a few people about my possible transfer. I didn't want it to become the topic of discussion every time I walked in the door. Well, it did. What makes me most unhappy is, the discussions have centered around the fact that my current manager may have pulled some strings to keep me on the unit.
I work a fair bit of OT, and I'm felxible with the schedule maker (actually, thats the manager). I'm far from the best or perfect but I don't require a lot of redirection. I'm active in my committee and have good relations with all but one or two coworkers (who have problems with everyone, not just me). My unit also seems to be in a staffing crisis right now. People are leaving two and three at a time and they can't be replaced fast enough. Many of the people being brought in as replacements are not working out.
I guess what I'm saying is, it's not out of the realm of possibilities that some strings were pulled and the unit I interviewed with was asked not to pick me. Not that I can do anything about it but if that is the case, I will not be happy about it.
I don't know though, a part of me really doesn't believe my manager is capable of this sort of politics gaming. I think there is a good chance I'm letting the "gossip" get to me (probably because I'm disapointed right now) and I just need to forget about it and get over it so I don't miss the next opportunity that presents itself.
Is the kind of politicing that I'm describing really that common, or is it a myth created by chronic complainers/gossipers?