Folks, I'm in need of some professional advice and thought of no better place than Manager Tools. I'm currently a supervisor of a distribution center(DC). My manager is retiring, unexpectedly, in September and has informed me I will be taking his spot. After a few conversations with he and his boss I have been told I'm going to be in charge of the operation, however, I will not be promoted. I will have all the responsibility with only a portion of the authority and nothing else.
A little background information. The DC has been failing in nearly every indicee in the past two quarters. Much of it attributed to a lack of staffing and poor management. The manager has been working a "new" job (consulting) since February but, has stayed on for his bonus at the end of the fiscal year. Some of us found this out when a client called the facility while he was on vacation recently. That's a whole other topic. There are a number of minor factors attributed to the poor performance but, everything ultimately boils down to the manager just allowing things to carry on without any accountability for a long time.
My concerns are as follows. I haven't been guaranteed anything. I've been asked to "fix" the facility as a requirement for promotional consideration. I have many reservations because it doesn't appear to me the company is making any commitments to me but, expecting a great deal. I can rationalize why they would do this, however, should I accept it?
Is this a normal occurrence? Has anyone been in the same situation? Would I be foolish to take the challenge on or foolish not to? Any thoughts or suggestions would greatly be appreciated. I'm torn with this but, will be making the decision soon. Thank you, in advance.