BLUF: I'm taking on a new role as a deputy boss with responsibility for day to day looking after the office staff (~12). I can either sit in the same office as my boss or sit with the troops. Which should I jump for folks?
(My comfort zone would be in the office with them - and I'd probably play the part of 'troubleshooting friend' rather than deputy boss (this is how I've been when leading teams before and they all have 'carried my water' on many occasions) so I'd find it more difficult to say 'no, let's do this instead' (I have had this problem before). My boss's boss insists that the boss sit separate from his troops - I'm not sure why).
The quandry is my boss's boss has told me I'm there to 'help' the boss by getting more out of the team. If that's the mission and the boss's are expected to be separate from the troops then I'm obviously best being located with him to be 'in his pocket' as it shows the behaviours expected from a boss - but to get the most out of the team I reckon I need to be with them.
I think the team suffers from lack of face time with the boss so I'll be kicking off O3's right away which should help matters wherever I sit. I'm worried that if I'm in the same office as the troops the value of the O3 will be degraded - does anyone have any experience of this?