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4 Ways To Deal When A Good Manager Leaves

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Having a boss that you love is wonderful … until they leave. What happens when a good manager leaves your company? Adjusting can be tough, especially if you’ve been spoiled by having a great supervisor.

Scope out their replacement and assess how they work.
Don’t automatically dismiss the newbie just because they’re not who you’re used to. That’s unfair to them, and it will only hinder your own work: Do you produce better results for people that you like or for people you resent? Don’t start off on the wrong foot out of fear of the unknown. You may have to adjust and accommodate to new needs.

Be patient and help out whenever you can.
Your new boss is just as stressed about making a good impression and learning the ropes as you are to work with her. Don’t make her life harder by being bitter!

Look for silver linings!
It may not be what you’re accustomed to, but that’s not necessarily bad. For instance, you may not be BFFs with your new boss, but not wasting that gossiping by the Flavia machine can mean you get out of the office earlier. And now that your boss who you loved moved elsewhere, you have a contact at another company if your own position gets stale.

Plan an exit strategy.
Job satisfaction is a huge factor in overall life satisfaction, and if you’re miserable, bored, overstressed or otherwise unhappy after you’ve both adjusted to your new roles, then start sending out feelers and resumes.

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  • Kay_Sue

    All of this was so spot on. I’ve been on both sides, both as someone receiving the new manager and someone who has been the new manager.

    I’d add, don’t confuse someone who is nice or likable with someone you can work with. I’ve made this mistake twice. Once, he was completely ineffective as a manager, and that trickled down into a situation where none of us could work on the level we needed to. Another was great for the first month, but was so high-strung and difficult as a boss after the reality set in that I couldn’t work for him. I liked both of them, and the second is still a really good friend, but I let those emotions and initial impressions get in the way of making sure I had an exit strategy if it didn’t work out. That meant it was more difficult to leave when I finally realized that I needed to.

    • jess sager

      SO true!

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