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Friday, June 29
 
Merit based expectations.

FYI: Administrative Service Officer levels go up to six, then the Executive Levels begin at one.

Three and a half years ago my Team Leader (EL1) was shocked when his recommendation on my performance assessment to adjust my pay point up was rejected. It turned out I was already at the top of the ASO5 scale and not an ASO6 as he thought. Three selection processes, two unfortunately planned vacations, and another ignorant Team Leader later I am about to move (it is not official but I have literally been given a nod and a wink) from the ASO5 level to the ASO6 level.

Today our National Manager invited me to a meeting which was described as being only for EL1 staff. The point was enforced when he asked someone he hadn't invited to leave, and was reiterated throughout the meeting. So, while my duty statement might say "undertake simple tasks under supervision" (soon to become "undertake complex tasks with minimal supervision"), I have the impression I'm expected to be providing the supervision to my colleagues. I wonder how long it will take for this merit to be reflected anywhere beyond the expectations of my superiors.

I hope regular readers will appreciate what a joke this is without the usual Muppet Show allusion.
 
Comments:
Backpay, dammit.
 
Yeah, backpay?!

And congratz, up a level!
 
I wish I had the power to get people to leave our meetings.

Meeting here are just not meetings. No one brings their coffee (except me). There are no biscuits or nibbly things. And people regularly fall asleep in a 1-hour meeting with only 15 people. And then there are the arguments...

Congratulations on the whole World Domination via takeover of the bureaucracy thing coming together.
 
So you are doing an EL1 job, and everyone who matters appears to think that you are, in fact, an EL1. However you are not being paid as an EL1 and are not receiving any benefits commensurate with employment at that level.

You need a better agent, Doctor Teeth.
 
You know, I think Rodrigo said it best of all.
 
I want Rodrigo as my agent.
 
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