Prayed for the wrong thing!

On Friday, Sharron finally found out the results of a promotion test she’d taken about 6-8 weeks earlier.  She passed!  Accoding to plan (a list of things that won’t happen) she was supposed to be promoted from TE-0 to TE-1 on Thursday of this week and then to TE-2 2 weeks after that.  This was really good news.

Yesterday, she spoke to HR about this and everything seemed to be ok…at first.  The next message from them though was that she had taken the Transportation test when she was in fact a Construction engineer.  ????  When she first started at the state, she was indeed in the construction division.  However, late last year (read:  5-ish months ago) she transferred to the new department.  Paperwork was supposed to change hands…and bada-bing, she’d be relabeled correctly.  This obviously did not happen.  Ok, so the promotion is delayed until she can get that fixed (yes, you read that right, it’s up to HER to get it fixed).  Plus, she’ll get all her back pay?  Also not bad.

But wait!  My story gets better!  The NEXT (there’s always a next right?) contact with HR was even worse.  Their next message was that she wasn’t sitting in a TE-2 position, but rather a TE-1 position.  ?????  When she moved into the deparment, she was assured that it was a TE-2 position as that was the grade she’s been promised to be able to be promoted to when this silly promotion test was finally offered.  Since the position is actually a TE-1, they would have to upgrade the position to a TE-2 for her to be able to do that.  Apparantly, since the state is in such a state of crisis with the 2009 budget, only the governor could actually approve something like that.  The.  Governor.  WTF?

So, as I had my nightly communique with the Lord last night, I did have to chuckle just a little bit and say, “You got me!”  You see, I had prayed for Sharron to pass the test…not for her to actually be promoted!

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