I guess I already know what I am going to do about this work situation, but perhaps I need help seeing it in the way that my manager is seeing it…so I turn to the Dope.
One of the projects I’m working on at the moment is a customer-facing magazine. A few months ago the editorial team was deciding on the travel feature, and a couple of the others in the team, who had seen photos from my recent vacation, suggested that as the destination, and “we can use your photos”. I didn’t have an issue - we supplied the highres images to our design agency, who were very happy to use them, and in exchange we had a verbal agreement that I’d get a credit in the contributors page. At no point did I or anyone else discuss payment.
Fastforward to last Friday, when our senior manager, feeling that for internal reasons the mag was too marketing team heavy (one other article written on a work-related feature from one colleague, and one article featuring a colleague for a family situation), ruled that no staff contributors would be credited.
I asked my manager whether this would apply to my non-work related photos, and he said yes. When I said I wasn’t comfortable with this, I was challenged as to why.
I explained, for 2 reasons - one is that they were my private photos, unrelated to my job description, taken on my time, at my cost, and offered for my company’s benefit at very little cost (the credit only, instead of a $3K cost for them to source alternate photos). Secondly, if they are printed without a reference, I am concerned that I lose control against reproduction. They don’t have budget to source more - if I refuse to let them use my photos, they’ll have to pull the article. The decision is apparently mine.
My manager’s response is that this is a very selfish attitude, and not one becoming of a senior manager, that an article he has written for the mag will not be credited, and I should get over myself. I replied that if this was a ruling about work I had done in the course of my job, I would totally get this. But this is something I do privately - where would the line be drawn?
“This is a very career limiting move. Very.” He replied.
We’re currently restructuring, and he’s deciding on his team now. In an after work phonecall to see what my decision would be, he said that my ‘what’s in it for me’ attitude surprised him (this apparently is covered by my salary and bonus), and he was now uncertain he wants me in his team at all.
My response was, that while I felt I was right to ask for this credit to be honored, and that they could not demand me offer the photos, in the circumstances I did not want to cause troubles for my team, and I would supply them in this instance.
But… I still feel agrieved. It’s certainly the best way to keep my job - but how should I be proceeding? Besides updating the CV and clearing some of my personal things from work (done!)