Boss leaving? Run a reality check

Boss is leavingYou work for someone for months, years or even decades, and then one day, your comfort zone is turned on its end. Your stellar work record is mostly just a rumor with the arrival of a new boss with new ways. Before one door closes and a new one opens, take a moment to:

Weigh your specific situation. If you have the kind of relationship with your boss where they tell you honestly what’s coming, find an opportunity to discuss your future with them. If you don’t know anything for sure, take care not to act like the boss is already out the door.

Consider your potential opportunities and goals. Depending on your position, a big change could be on the horizon. Evaluate your motivation and create a plan for yourself. Do you want to work on a promotion? Are you excited to see a change in management?

Document your achievements. If a new boss is moving in, he or she won’t know your work history and potential. Document your accomplishments and contributions, and update your résumé and LinkedIn profile.

Schedule a performance review. If you have a good relationship with your boss, ask to meet and discuss your strengths and weaknesses. This is a good chance for you to get an update on potential changes as well as good preparation and motivation for you to work with a new boss.

Check in with your colleagues. If your boss is leaving, you might need the support of co-workers to make a smooth transition to someone new. Strengthen your workplace relationships with lunches, coffees and happy hours.

— Adapted from “Is Your Boss Getting Ready to Quit? How To Tell And What To Do,” Gwen Moran, Fast Company.

What’s the new boss’s rhythm?

Sure, you’ve met with the new boss and discussed tasks, projects and schedules; but there’s something that’s rarely talked about and must be simply learned instead: his or her unique rhythm of working. Are you dealing with a morning person or someone whose energy peaks midafternoon? Someone who seems energized by a lot of interaction or drained by it? A prickly pear if lunchtime comes too late? A snail who perceives deadlines as mere suggestions?

Watch for subtle hints about the new boss’s unspoken habits, and try to glean what you can from your fellow admins.