I have been in my current role for just over a year and a half (18 months) and earlier this week, my manager said I will no longer be an R&D Engineer, but move on to IT from now on. I have no IT background, don't know that much about IT as I am a qualified (Robotics) Engineer. And the manager will bring the topic of me no longer being in the R&D dept, but now in the IT dept - which really bothers me for a number of reasons:
- The company knows I am a qualified Engineer.
- Constant reminder by my manager to everyone in person that I am now in the IT department and no longer R&D.
- 99% of the tasks handed out to me were completed.
- No one asked, mentioned, or stated if I would be interested or wanted to work in the IT department.
(I feel as if in 6 months time they will say, too bad we gave you a shot in IT as well and you didn't come up to our standards, and here we are terminating you. - I hope I am wrong though)
So my questions are:
- Q1: Is this normal/professional etiquette?
- Q2: How does one approach a superior and say "I don't want to be in IT, as I want to excel my career in R&D?" diplomatically without getting the "If you don't like it, there is the door." reply.
- Q3: Which superior would it be best to approach? Have a group meeting with the head of the company and him (my manager), or talk to my manager first, then the head of the company?
- Q4: Why wouldn't anyone ask if I would be ok with the change, and just assumed so.
- Q5: Why is this bothering me so much? Is it a big deal, or does things like this happen in most companies?