Post # 1
I used to be a supervisor to A but there were several problems so my boss is now his supervisor. Long story short: I had no hire/fire power over A, he was disrespectful of me, never listened and my boss would not let me let A go so since A was such a stressor and took most of my time because you have to babysit him.
A is gone for 3 weeks. In the past I would take over his job duties but now that I’m not his boss, who does it fall to? I think it would be the boss but wanted to get more input. Currently she has not picked up an of the slack so I’m wondering if she is expecting me to keep picking it up like I have in the past.
Post # 3
I would just ask. If your boss wants to deligate the work to you, he’s allowed, because he’s your boss too…I actually would ask before touching any of the work; because if you just jump to it, your boss might get upset because it’s his place now to delegate the work, not yours.
Post # 4
I think that it might be yours since you are closer in the chain to him. I would ask your boss if you aren’t sure though.
Post # 5
I always avoid situations where I am given responsibility, but not the authority to carry it out. It seems like that was the position you were in.
I think you need to talk to your boss about who should do the work. I think it should have been ironed out before A was granted leave, but either way, if the work doesn’t get done it will reflect poorly on you. So if I were you, I’d do it.
However, if you got demoted or less pay for no longer being A’s supervisor, then it is totally not your responsibility.
Post # 6
You’ll have to ask, if you feel comfortable doing so. The dynamic in my office is horrible, so I already know I’d pick up the slack. I’d never even ask my boss, because she has already established the fact that she no longer intends to do much.. unless the executives or the press is involved (can’t stand her). I know how frustrating it is to take on someone else’s work, that’s always my role. The funny part, is that when I’m gone, my work just waits here for me.
Post # 7
I think you’ll have to ask, too.
Post # 8
>>I always avoid situations where I am given responsibility, but not the authority to carry it out. It seems like that was the position you were in.<<
Exactly. I reached the point where I almost left because of this and my boss’ control issues. I was unaware of many things before taking on this job. My pay is the same either way.
>>The funny part, is that when I’m gone, my work just waits here for me.<<
I feel you. I’m more likely to just do it because of the environment as well.
What I feel is right is different than what is going on probably 😉