Right at 5pm last Friday, the manager sent an email to everyone in my office. Bear in mind that my manager does her job mainly from an office 120 miles away. The email basically said that our main field person will no longer be working in the field. She will, effective Monday, be working customer service backup and out of state accounts. Coincidentally, that happens to be my job, among other things.
Now I know I'm not getting fired. No one escorted me from the premises on Friday with my worldly belongings. But there were not enough field personel with the re-assigned coworker there before. I have to wonder now, though, whether or not they will be putting me back into the field for my last year of work.
I have mixed emotions about going back out into the field. My vehicle is not quite as depenable as I've had in the past. The area to work is massive. When I started at my job 24 years ago, we had approximately 20 people doing what two currently attempt to do. An advantage is that the travel checks get large for reimbursement on mileage. Field personnel get to be on their own quite a bit while they are out, but they are monitored quite closely by Big Brother. More downsides include occasional late night and weekend work, plus being the bad guy in collections up close and personal.
I reckon tomorrow will be an interesting and revealing day at work.
Gee, I sure love the weekends.