New job, new boss and then boss quit. What now?

November 15, 2013 2 mins read
New job, new boss and then boss quit. What now?

The 3-month long interview process saw an excruciating journey of scheduling conflict, technical and behavioral assessment, and long & painful 15 days of final offer wait period.

Nevertheless, a better title and larger responsibilities in a growing industry has made the journey worthwhile. Here you are, six months into your new job. However, you just came out of a meeting with your boss, and she officially informed you that she is leaving the firm in a month. No matter how dumbfounded you feel at this point, here are some choices.

Business as usual

Obviously, if your boss was in the market for better opportunities too, getting a new and competent subordinate like yourself won't stop your boss from seeking external opportunities. By now, you have already adapted to your new role and have seen some results from hard work in the past six months. You know the key challenges for your role and may have figured out upcoming ones in the near future. Before you are assigned a new boss, why not try to convince the management you can carry the weight and it will be business as usual when there's no immediate superior. Even if your boss' replacement reports to duty very quickly, it is likely that the replacement manager doesn't know your area of business well. It will be your chance to bring your new boss up to speed and show her your competency in your role.

Looming re-organization.

In some cases, your line manager’s leaving is a sign that a re-organization in your area of business is imminent. Corporate employees often see restructuring as negative events. It might not always be so because changes sometimes bring new opportunities for many existing employees. Unless your department will dissolve in a restructure, which is not likely as your role is a newly created role, you should actively learn about the details of restructure. Your friend at the HR Department will give you a glimpse of the "new organization". Use rumors and insider information as light references, and do not make any hasty decisions before full restructure disclosures are revealed via the official channel. In this scenario, a restructure is more likely to give you a career boost in the long-run as new blood is often the direction of a corporate restructure.

When your new boss leaves in a new job, don't have any prejudice. Your big part of deciding to work at the new firm might be because of the departing boss. However, it is the corporate platform that will help you grow your career. Don't be afraid of changes, embrace it well.

Morgan McKinley
shanghai@morganmckinley.com