Success Stories
What steps to take after your Manager leaves?
By Gayathri Ramachandran

Are you uncertain about your future at your organization?

Get some clarity—and appreciation—when your supervisor leaves.


Hardly do you know its coming. And even if you do, the news can leave you on uncertain ground.

We’re talking about that moment when your boss gives their one month notice.


So when your boss quits, what are next steps should you take to make sure you’re in the best position to succeed? Jobenvoy career experts provide some advice to get you through the transition period of losing one boss and gaining a new one.

Continue with work as usual.

When your boss gives his or her notice, it might shock you. You might get a sinking feeling about what’s next for you. The first important step is to be a pro about the situation and keep on keeping on. It is very important that you continue doing work as every other day, and make sure that you take more responsibility and ownership on the tasks that you are performing.

Ask the right people what comes next.

When your Manager resigns, he or she will mostly let you know soon after giving the news to their supervisor and will also tell you what to expect in the next few weeks, including who will fill his or her role (Will it be you? Someone else internally? An outside candidate?).

But in some situations, your boss may not talk with you directly about their departure or what’s to come afterward.  If you don’t get the opportunity for a direct conversation, and your boss leaves abruptly, send an email to your HR representative (copying your boss’s boss), asking about the plan during the interim period of hiring a new manager.

Offer to take on some of your boss’s work.

It’s this in-between time that can open up a fantastic opportunity to get noticed by your boss’s boss, putting in the groundwork to show upper management that you’re committed to the company.

Your initiative and team orientation will be noticed, and you'll be in a great position to help the new boss get up to speed quickly.

Schedule a meeting with your new boss

One of the most common scenarios when your boss quits is that you’ll start reporting to a different manager who already works for the company. If this is the case, be proactive and set up a meeting with him or her.

Try to talk to others who have worked for them in order to try to understand their priorities and management style. If you already know the person, request a meeting to discuss their priorities and to share with them what you have been working on. Ask them what their expectations are of you or what they want you to be aware of going forward.

Demonstrate your successes for your new boss.

Run through your entire year and document everything significant you've done, this seems tedious, but within an hour or so you can have all of your recent activities listed in one place. New managers will want to know what you’ve been working on, and the value you bring to the team. Having a reference sheet to point to will make the conversation much easier.

Know if it’s time to leave.

It can take some time to get used to having a new manager. But sometimes it just doesn’t work the way it did with your old boss. If you sense it’s not clicking, stay on top of other opportunities in your area by getting job alerts emailed to you. Become a Jobenvoy member and receive weekly expert career advice as well as local job listings.