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Poor guy. He has a very difficult decision to make today regarding his career path. The head of his department left and he could take her job in HRIS or...he could stay working where he is and move up in the comp & ben side. The HRIS job has an immediate raise and he's familiar with the work. And it will be stable. But there is no mobility in that position. The Comp & Ben job is evolving and he's got a lot to learn. No raise for awhile, but there is a lot of mobility within in the company in this career track. And he could always get another job outside of the company with in this field where the HRIS job is a specialist position and won't translate well out side of the company. He really doesn't know which way he's going to go. I think he'd like the Comp & Ben position, but I also think he's worried it will look bad if he doesn't jump into the HRIS job. Like he doesn't want to move up or something.

He's totally freaking out. And he was basically advised of these opportunities yesterday afternoon to make a decision for this morning. Hello? You're giving me 12 hours to decide my career path?

So, I listened and advised as best I could, but it really is a 50/50 all things considered. Wish us luck that he is happy with whatever decision he makes!
 

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The one sentence sums it up for me, "I think he'd like Ben and Comp". Forget the money, tell him to do what will make him happy and want to head out the door for work every morning with a good feeling. That's the answer.
 

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He turned down the HRIS promotion job and told his dept. director that he wants to follow the comp and ben track. He has a really bad feeling that this is going to bite him in the a$$ for turning down the HRIS job. I don't think he'll know how he feels about it until they fill it. He's sure there are going to be some raised eyebrows within the company when the HRIS job posts to be filled since a lot of people assume he'll just move into that job. He'll be ok if they get someone with like 10 years experience and that person gets a chunk of change. IF they hire someone with only a couple of years more experience than Pete and not a big pay difference it will reflect badly on him that he didn't want to run his dept.

He's totally wigged out. I told him to just focus on his job and remember that the comp & ben is what he wants to do...not the other job. And to stop worrying what other people think. He's got a good group of people around him who understands why he made this decision and are grooming him for future possibilities in the comp & ben field and he just needs to forget about what other corporate honchos think.

He wasn't going to be happy either way. We just have to trust his judgment and let him prove himself.
 

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Certainly know how he feels! He needs to go into it knowing he made the best choice he could at the time and went with his gut. It rarely lets us down, good luck to him and hope his aghast over it all lessens with time!
 

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I think he made the right choice. Considering most people stay with the same employer on average of 5 years, it is best to gain experience in something portable. Loyalty works both ways the company should have made him the HRIS offer with an exit plan for him to move up again.
 
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