After 2 years of increasing workload, I asked my manager about the possibility of a lateral pay structure transition from hourly to salary to give me extra hours to work on tasks. Hearing rejections for 3 years, it finally came out that my job doesn't involve any travel therefore it can't be salaried. The rest of the team has an exception because their job involves occasional travel. Though due to budget cuts, work travel has been significantly reduced.
I'm so hurt that this was the ultimate reason. I expressed that I couldn't travel for work 3 years ago for personal reasons. I was assured that there's still a place for me on the team because somebody needs to stay in the office if they are all scheduled to be traveling. All this time, I thought it was performance related and suggested efficiencies wherever I can in hopes of justifying a promotion.
Is it time I move on from this?
*Edited: I'm part of a phased layoff due to COVID-19. Receiving the severance package was bittersweet but it's the "reset" button that I needed after the experience mentioned above. Thank you all for your insight on this post! I appreciate them all because it pointed out that I have some reflecting to do before pursuing my next adventure.