To make the long story short, I've been with my current company for 5.5 years now. The first 5 years was on a specific team with a specific manager. My manager was always great to me and even allowed me to work part time for a year due to my parent falling deathly ill. She's always had my back so to speak.
Six months ago, I accepted an internal job transfer to Washington state because I needed to find billable work in my company. I am a government contractor, so our work/projects is all about billable work. I left on good terms with my old boss.
For the past 6 months on my new team, I've been working on a client site. I was told that I would be performing a specific technical task. Nothing happened and so I contacted my old boss and asked if she was willing to take me back on her team. She said yes. I was to come back to her team at then end of February. This conversation with her occured in mid-November.
Fast forward the tape. I went on vacation for the last 2 weeks in December. When I came back to the client site, I was finally put on the technical task that I was supposed to be put on 6 months ago. So NOW I'm finally able to do the work I was hired to do.
I called up my old boss and told her the situation. She asked me what I wanted to do. I told her I wanted to stay on my current team with my current client now that I am finally doing the technical work I was hired to do (and also because I love living in WA instead of back on the east coast...though I didn't tell her that part). I told her that IF
me not coming back to her/her team by the end of Februrary (as originally discussed back in November) would be a hardship, then I will return to her team. She told me that she will have to ask the technical leader and get back to me at the start of next week. She did tell me that she is pretty sure that they will be okay with me staying with my current team.
My old boss is very professional, so I can't tell if I pissed her off by changing my mind. I was neither lying to her nor fudging the truth. The reason why I reached out to her in the first place is because I wasn't getting the work that I was told I would be getting. I was afraid that I would lose my technical skill sets since I wasn't performing any technical work for several months since being on the new team/client. Now I am getting the work I was hired to do.
I feel bad because my old boss has always been great towards me and I feel like the dog that bit her owner's hand so to speak. I plan to send her a 'thank you' card next week just to show that I really do appreciate her. I feel like I burned a bridge. Perhaps not the bridge...but definitely some creditability. I hate letting people down. I didn't do this on purpose. She knows me well enough to know that....but I'm sure that I've also made her look bad in front of her managers.
I almost feel like I cheated on her! I am usually a woman of my word and that is why this situation bothers me. Yes, I created this situation and I take full responsiblity for the outcome (i.e. losing her respect).
Did I do wrong? Should I have kept my word and gone back to my old team?