The HR person at my library pulled me aside last week and led with, “Don’t be mad…” Mad? Why would I be mad? Uh oh.
As it turns out, they chose one of my recently-hired and trained Reference Assistants to be the new Page Supervisor. Sigh of relief! Of course I’m not mad; I’m thrilled for her! She’s a fantastic choice! I don’t know who else applied, but I can completely get behind this decision. After all, I stole her from the previous Page Supervisor (when she was a Page) to be a Reference Assistant!
We often move people around from one position to another. I like that my library has opportunities for growth. Someone may start out as a Page, move to Reference Assistant, and then even become a supervisor. There’s nothing to be mad about when we’re putting people in the best position for them, giving them opportunities to shine.
I admit, it’s hard work to replace someone who is not only fully trained, but really good at her job. I would have loved for her to stay in my department for a long, long time. It’s not about me, though. It’s about what’s best for the library, and moving her to a supervisory position in another department is what is best for the library.
Remember: as library leaders we are often in the position to decide where the staff fit best in our institution. That may mean moving people around as they learn and grow. Don’t think of it is having your staff “stolen” by another department. Instead, think of how much better your organization is becoming. You had a hand in creating a contributing member of the team. It is the ultimate compliment!