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23/05/2013 at 12:14
First of all, sorry if this post ends up being a bit "woe is me"! I'm feeling quite stressed about work and ML and it's starting to keep me awake at night and make me feel ill so I'm hoping that offloading a little bit will help, hope that's ok.
Had my annual review a couple of weeks ago and got some quite surprising news. Work want me to recruit externally for my role, recruit for two new people to form a team that will report to me and take on managing another already established team of four people. I currently work completely on my own, there's only one of me and I always thought that they would just second someone to my role when I went on ML. Now I could end up being a manager of 6 overnight with no managerial training whatsoever.
I'm really flattered that they see my role as important enough to recruit externally for but I do have a lot of worries about it. Firstly, I've never managed anyone before and never really had the desire to. Secondly, this is only going to start happening in July when our new Financial year starts - I have a month of annual leave to use up and was hoping to tack it on to the beginning of ML, which takes me to beginning of September, not much time to recruit people, hire them and do a handover!
I hate the idea of putting a team together and then abandoning them for a year while someone external manages them. As well as being so stressed I can hardly sleep, I also feel a bit aggrieved that the timing of this sucks so much. If I wasn't going on ML in a few months, this would be a fan opportunity and I would be able to make a really good job of this set up. But as it stands, I might not even be there by the time my replacement starts (if they're on 3 months notice for example).
I don't know how to approach this with my manager as I don't want her to think I'm not up to it or being ungrateful for the opportunity. Has anyone got any advice? Or similar experiences of a big upheaval at work at this stage of pregnancy?
Sorry this is so long and whingy!
23/05/2013 at 16:44
I would explain it as you just have.
You don't feel it's the best idea to recruit/set up team/start new role so close to you stopping for mat leave. Maybe suggest doing it sooner?
23/05/2013 at 18:24
That seems a bit mad on their part to be making you the manager just as you are going on maternity leave. I think you have explained your concerns really well here so just go with that.
23/05/2013 at 22:10
I would say "I'm really excited that you want to give me this extra responsibilty. I've never recruited/managed anyone before what support will I be given as its a big step up. I am not sure how practical it is going to be for me to set up a team before I go on maternity leave". If you want to take your annual leave before you go on ML don't you need to follow your normal leave process? I would be raising it now so they know thats what I'm planning on doing.
24/05/2013 at 17:19
Thanks for your replies ladies.
I've never really had to challenge anything at work before and am a bit of a wuss so it's good to know I'm explaining it well on here, that's a start! Work have been very reluctant to discuss anything about ML or how any remaining AL might work with me before I have my MATB1 form which they know will be around 25 weeks, so about a month away yet. I'll ask if they can consider talking to me about it sooner given how much leave I have remaining, maybe they haven't realised.
Thanks for you help though, it was good to get it written down!
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