I've been listening to the MT podcasts for a while now and have finally signed up on the website as I have a question I would love to hear everyone's views on.
The department I am in is about to undergo a reorganisation in which staff have been 'slotted' into new roles and the role out is going to be very carefully choreographed to minimise opportunities for disagreement etc. I'm in a fortunate position in that my line manager has kept me up to speed with plans for me even though no-one was meant to have any knowledge or be consulted and she believes I will view the change as a significant career progression. I generally trust them (they have helped me significantly with promotion etc. in the past and so I have no experiential reason not too), I am aware that it will be in their favour if I accept without question the new role.
Given the fact I have the opportunity to prepare for the time I am formally told and in light of the fact it may or may not be a good outcome, I wondered what your advice would be in terms of both preparation and also how to responde generally in an internal reorganisation.
Should I be prepared to challenge role content, grade, salary etc. and how can I do this effectively when I do not know the details of the role I am going to be offered. Given I will be on the back foot (I believe that is part of the plan) should I ask for time to consider the offer that is made, even though I may not really have much option other than to accept or look elsewhere internally or externally? From what I can gather, my biggest concern at the moment is that the role content is going to be too much volume to be able to cover on my own. In that case is it a good idea to raise those concerns up front or wait and see how it pans out?
Any and all advice gratefully received.