Is it better to have time to transition from one job to another or be thrown into a new position to figure it out for yourself in the sink or swim fashion? When I started my job the office manager was already gone from the company. The girl who was filling in that position was also gone already. They had even hired a new manager who had stayed for 1 month and then quit. The tasks of the position were very chaotic and very behind schedule by this time. I was hired and handed the piles of work that needed to be accomplished. Everyone that worked with me was very helpful to answer questions, but I was sort of on my own to read through things and dig for answers. The learning curve is tough in this job scenario.
On the other hand, I'm aware that I will receive a promotion in June next year. My supervisor is retiring and is aware of my promotion. In fact, she and I get along very well and she has know that I would take over for her since I was hired. She's been planning towards this end for about 5 years now. Now that the time is actually approaching her retirement, I'm trying to just continue doing my work as normal and observe as much as I can of her job. I feel like I'm expected to be able to step in at any given time to make the appropriate decisions as if I am already in that position. Then there are times when I volunteer to do things that seem simple and within the bounds of my current job as office manager, and my supervisor tells me that she's not gone yet, and doesn't want to feel useless.
What a predicament to be in. I find myself saying "not my department" quite a bit now. It's tough. I'm not sure which way is better to take on a job. Any suggestions or opinions?