5 Smart Steps to Take When Your Boss Quits

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Whether your boss is the easy-going type or a difficult one, knowing he or she quits can leave you in a state of shock. It can leave you feeling uncertain and unsure about your future in the company. What then becomes the next move when your boss quits? Let’s take a look at the necessary steps to take to put you in a good position where you can still succeed after the departure;

1. Stay Professional

Finding out your boss is quitting for the first time is either going to make you unhappy or excited depending on your relationship with your boss. But, no matter how you feel about it, you need to stay professional. You may be tempted to spread rumours or engage in the gossip about why he or she is leaving.
As much as possible stay away from the conversation and don’t let your boss’s departure affect your performance negatively. Stay professional and watch how you handle the news. If you desire to be his or her replacement and have the skills for it, then you should focus your energy on meeting the mark.

2. Find Out What’s Next from Management

When your boss quits, the question remains, what’s next? Depending on how close you are with your boss, he or she might tell you what to expect in the coming weeks, including who will fill his or her role.
Can you be in the running for your boss’s replacement? If yes, ask the right people and go for it. Get in touch with your HR manager and ask about the plan during the interim period of hiring a new manager. Who knows? Your boss’s resignation could be your blessing in disguise.

3. Volunteer to Take on Some of Your Boss’s Work 

Given the surprising nature of your boss’s departure, top-level management may not immediately have in mind who to hire to fill the role. Offering to get things done in the interim, can give you an added advantage if you desire to be his replacement.
If being the next boss is not your motive now, you can still get noticed by top management for demonstrating your commitment to the company. Your initiative and could either get you the job or put you in a great position to help the new boss scale quickly.

4. Get to Know Your New Boss

If you start reporting to a new manager, set up a meeting with him or her. Get to know his priorities and learn for yourself his or her style of management. Learn about how his or her goals align with the company goals and how your role can contribute to achieving them.
You can also provide information on how things were done previously and how to make things better going forward. Earning your new boss’s trust at the very beginning will help create a good bond and working together becomes much easier. The earlier you get to know your new boss, the easier it becomes for you to adjust to the change.

5. Know If It’s Time to Find a New Job

As this should be your last resort, sometimes it could also be a sign for you to move on. Getting used to a new manager sometimes takes time. Give it some time and see how things work out. If adjusting doesn’t get any better, you can decide to look for job opportunities elsewhere where there is room for you to grow in your career.

Remember, as change remains inevitable in every aspect of life, so it is in the world work. Many career experts believe it’s quite normal to feel unsure about the future and how things may change when a new person replaces your boss. However, if you feel confident enough to contest all other candidates for your boss’s role, then don’t hesitate. It could be your one short at your rise in your career.

Have you ever had to see your boss quit abruptly? Share your experience or thoughts with us in the comment section below?

Nelly Sadongo-Bawa
Social Media and Community Marketer at Jobberman Ghana || Blogger || Motivator || Radio host || "Knowledge is like a garden. If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested."