How fortuitous. Now get out of my sandbox.
March 22, 2011 9:36 PM Subscribe
My boss recently hired a former coworker for an open position in the department. This person will be working on many of the same tasks and projects as I am. He was both well-liked and skilled at the job when he left years ago, and I am afraid that he's going to come back and completely outshine me. How can I handle this situation professionally?
posted by fanta_orange to Work & Money (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Back in the day, 10 years ago, my former colleague Mike and I worked in low level tech support jobs in the same group. We were in our early 20s, in a group of other young folks. (I am female.) Mike was slightly senior to me, and actually trained me on many of the tasks we did. After a year, he left the job in order to move to another city.
Since then, I've continued to work for the same boss, rising in the ranks and getting multiple promotions. Now I manage the development of the software that we used to support. I'm generally considered the expert in the group (there are 10 of us, various ages and experience levels and job grades, but all on the same level of the org chart). I am assigned to the highest-level projects. My boss consults with me on lots of things, including HR matters, and often says he would recommend me for his position when he retires in a few years.
So, a job opened up in the group, and Mike happened to apply for it. He's moving back to town with his family and happened to hear of the posting. It turns out that he's been doing software development all this time too, in a different market sector. We interviewed him, he dazzled the audience with a presentation on his software development process, and now he's being hired.
Mike is an awesome guy. He is a natural leader, he's smart, and has gained alot of insight and skill over the years. I think that's an asset to the company. But, it sets me up to get pushed aside, possibly. The rest of the group had a bit of stars in their eyes when we discussed who to offer the job to ( and some of these people never worked with him). They were excited to hire him to get our processes straightened out - many processes that either I developed, or that I've been saying are broken but no one wants to fix.
I feel like he's going to be the new wunderkind and I'll be yesterday's news. Worse, that he's being hired to do my job, or that I won't have my boss's ear anymore.
So, what do I do? I considered talking to my boss (who's very approachable), to let him know that I want to have a say in the direction of the group and the future of our software development efforts. But I feel threatened and I don't want to feel that way. What are some tips you would have for handling this situation? How can I support Mike as he comes back on board while also protecting myself and my position? Should I talk to my boss?
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