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my retired predecessor needs to maintain coming in — Ask a Supervisor


It’s a particular “the place are you now?” season at Ask a Supervisor and I’m operating updates from individuals who had their letters right here answered up to now.

Bear in mind the letter-writer whose predecessor stored coming in even after retiring? Right here’s the replace.

Initially after I expressed concern, my plight was famous, but the mollycoddling continued with a fragile stability and a sure sensitivity proven to my predecessor. She even stored her enterprise e mail.

Nonetheless, shortly after I wrote to you, the brand new vp for finance was employed. He was very curious as to why this individual (my predecessor) whom he had by no means met and didn’t work for the school anymore was emailing him with recommendations and training him on “how issues have at all times been finished.” Not kidding, this truly occurred.

That’s when the recommendation I acquired from Ask a Supervisor was voiced (once more) and somebody actually took discover. With the brand new vp, I used to be in a position to sit down and clarify to him how unsettling it was not to have the ability to take full possession of my new place. I additionally expressed considerations over the antiquated processes and the way I believed I might deliver the workplace updated and to a “new degree.” Take into account, my predecessor was solely about eight years older than me when she retired after 32 years in the identical place. But it surely was like strolling again in time. It actually was not productive, and considerably suffocating.

Taking our dialog to the Administrative Council, all of them agreed it was time to chop the apron strings, so to talk. It was kindly famous to my predecessor that though her years of service had been appreciated, it was time to let go and permit a brand new chapter to start. I did really feel a way of guilt, however knew this needed to be finished.

I’m fortunate, each the president and vp respect the a lot wanted updates and efficiencies I deliver to the workplace. There are nonetheless a number of people who usually are not open to my “fashionable methods” per se, however slowly, after attending to know me, they’re a little bit extra open-minded.

Thanks, Alison, for taking the time to learn my letter, ponder my considerations, and write again with stable skilled recommendation. A lot appreciated.

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