So, I have a co-worker whose job it is to build the aftermarket models of the widgets we build. He has had some health issues and has been away from work two weeks. For the first 3 or 4 days of those two weeks, he didn't call in, nor did anyone call in on his behalf. We were wondering what happened to him when he finally came in himself and spoke to Bossman about his absences, then left again. All in all, he missed 9 days of work, total. I only explain this because it means that someone had to take over aftermarket building while he was away. That someone was me.
I've been the "backup" builder for aftermarket for about a year and a half. And I've been working my backside off for that time in order to do better, to get faster, to keep pace and prove with actions rather than talk that I can, indeed, hack it in that position. I've worked so hard at it because I WANT that position, and I saw me filling in for Devin as my chance to swing for the fences. I gave it my best, kept up with the other aftermarket builder, everything I built passed testing fine, and both my boss and my supervisor registered their happiness with my performance. For my part, I made it very plain that I like being in aftermarket and I really enjoy it and would like to stay there...I'd much rather stay in aftermarket and be the backup for inspection, as opposed to staying in inspection and being the backup for aftermarket. I've been working really really hard at trying to claw my way out of inspection. I'm good at it, and I am conscientious about doing the job properly even though I hate doing it...I'm being paid to do it, not to like it, after all. I also threw a lot of time and effort into training my assistant so that she can swing inspection on her own, with me as a backup for her only. For her part, she likes inspection and would like to stay there. If my boss asked me if I felt she could handle inspection on her own, I'd say yes and I'd mean it.
And now that Devin, the MIA co-worker, is back, my reward for the past year and a half of hard work has been exactly squat. As soon as Devin got back, I was stuck right back in inspection and Gary, our new hire, is being immediately trained in aftermarket.
I'm completely crushed; I feel like all the extra time and effort I have put in over all this time has been completely overlooked. It's leaving me questioning if I should just keep my head down and do the bare minimum, or keep devoting the same amount of time and energy as I have been and hoping for another chance to get my foot in the door. It makes me also wonder if I should ask my boss if there's ever a chance I'll get to go to aftermarket and stay there, because if there isn't, it would be nice to stop spending so much energy attempting the impossible. The fact that someone else is being trained in the position says to me that it isn't a case of not needing someone else in aftermarket...I know how busy it is there firsthand. I also know it's not a case of me being desperately needed in inspection; my office co-worker speculates that it might be because I'm a woman. I really don't want to think that my boss, who is in most ways a nice (bit of a pushover) guy, thinks that way. I also know that my supervisor has spoken highly of my work to Bossman. He described me as a hard worker and a fast, keen learner.
I don't know whether to bring this up to my boss or not, and if I do, what words to use. I want to know if there's something else I need to do, some other area I need to improve in, or something I'm NOT doing, to stop being overlooked for this position that I really, really REALLY want. It doesn't come with a pay raise ( that I know of) so it's not about money to me...it's about the satisfaction I get out of doing that job, about getting to do a job that plays so much to my strengths. More than one co-worker has expressed they are happy with my work and that I'm an asset to that department and I haven't had any complaints about my work or systems that I have built fail testing.
I'm starting to question whether or not I should just do the basic stuff I'm required to do and no more going above and beyond, since apparently it makes no difference. I don't want to take that attitude at all, since all it does is reflect poorly on me, but if I'd known I was going to be overlooked again, I could have saved myself a lot of time, energy, effort, aches and pains.
What, if anything, should I say to my boss?