Today is my payroll clerk's final day at our job. I have worked 11 years with her and she is the most dependable, accurate, conscientious payroll clerk in the world. She accepted another job in another department, PROMPTED by the Finance Dept announcement that they are planning to cut her position which happened while I was on vacation.
They have since rescinded their dire prediction of cutting this position, but then stated "they intend to review it at a later date" which sounds suspiciously like "we are still cutting the job, but we need you to help us transfer over to the new electronic time-keeping system first".
I've been given permission to find a replacement but have been told that there is the possibility the position will still be cut. I asked if they could guarantee a year? "No." Can you guarantee the position will be in place for 6 months? "I wouldn't count on it." So how do I hire somebody KNOWING that the position will be cut? I have decided I will be honest and make sure all applicants know it is not a permanent position but it still leaves me feeling bad about the situation and wondering who will even be interested in learning a new job only to lose it?
The alternative is I can just take on double duty for the next 6 months to a year or whenever. Monday starts a new phase in my life at work. I'm feeling a wee bit pessimistic.