More employees are asking this question to the “under new management” crowd.
The middle-management revolving door will keep the office cool on the thermostat, but searing with pressure.
Job Security = Not folding under the pressure
Who’s on first?
When your bosses disappear into the magical cave of down-sizing or the abyss of incompetence, do your job. The “open sesame” to tenure is always doing what is expected in your job description.
If it happens to be “change on a daily basis”, knowing your boss’s boss is probably a job-saving idea. Instead of getting the work your new boss either does not know how to or want to complete, you will have current assignments.
Let’s make a deal.
If the new boss behind door number two needs some training (read never been inside an office before), lend a hand. You have the corporate culture in your back pocket she is lacking. Love this, since it serves a dual purpose:
- Your new boss may actually last more than one pay period.
- Your new boss may note your assistance is above and beyond the call of duty on your next evaluation.
Respect for the Dead
Do not teach your new boss how to do his job by making a foolish example of your last one. Denigrating his predecessor will only make him leery of your personal and corporate loyalty.
Is she setting me up to take my job?”
The truth is the truth is the truth. Amen.
The truest corporate truth is:
The only constant is change.”
Managers come and go, but the employees who are the company’s backbone, heart and guts will remain. They are the foot soldiers marching to the company drum which beats for the day.
The best offense is a good defense.
Do you job everyday to the best of your ability. Every manager, new and old, wants and needs to have employees just like you.
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2011
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