Acting Manager position has come up, I'm a hesitant senior staff: what would you do?
June 14, 2010 2:06 PM Subscribe
We have two managers in our dept: one was just promoted. They are seeking an Acting manager for 2 mos. I don't want to be a manager, but I'm one of the most senior staff. Please help me stop freaking out.
posted by SarahbytheSea to Work & Money (13 answers total)
Our promoted manager was super. I am quite anxious that my supportive, innovative, great team should have a good Acting Manager during transition, and I like to help people. I'm the kind of person that staff will go to while the manager is away.
But really I dislike any manager stuff: budgets, performance reviews, making quick decisions, working longer, attending too many meetings. I much more enjoy my current tasks, working with systems and information, and generally being an introvert. I have no manager experience. My future goals and interests are more research oriented, not management.
I don't know what the expectations are for an Acting Manager. Yes I am planning to talk to the other person who's in the same boat as me (doesn't help we're all taking vacation right now).
Experiences or advice for my situation? Also any tips to help me stop stressing out!? Many thanks in advance!
PS -- I am not sure if the company is seeking someone for only 2 mos Acting because they need to fill the gaps badly (it's horribly busy right now) or because they are planning on reorganizing the manager roles. Our organization is going through a ton of changes.