My manager let us know that he’s taking a new job, and thus won’t be our boss for much longer, although he’ll be around until the end of the year to do our year-end reviews.
I’m going to miss my boss! He never took anything too seriously, and sometimes would hang out and chat and joke with us on Friday mornings or over lunch. I’m convinced he’s a big part of the reason that my department has a reputation for being the happiest group at our work site. And lest you think that this is great for the workers but bad for the company, our group is actually one of the best-performing. And! We get a lot of long-term employees who enjoy working here so much that they stay for decades.
He’ll still be working for our company, based out of our work site, and this is really a very nice step up for him. I’m excited for him, and yet…
Since this is my blog and I’m a very self-centered person, I have to wonder what this does for my plans to get promoted next year. It’s hard enough to get a promotion when you have someone advocating for you, and I don’t know how easy it will be trying to convince someone who has very little idea of what I’ve accomplished.
Well, I guess this will take some of the pressure off. At the year-end review, I think I’ll bring it up as a “What do you thing my chances are?” and see if he’ll be willing to give me some concrete advice on what will be the best way to stand out, to show that I’m able to fulfill the next level (our promotions are mostly just pay-grade – the people several pay bands above me do essentially the same work but just have more years experience). After all, he’s been a manager for years and years, and he knows how higher-ups make the decision to promote.
Or is that really tacky and desperate? I feel like I will never get the hang of work etiquette.
Have you ever had a boss leave? Was the change good or bad or not a big deal?