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Have You Ever Met Your Replacement?

In last night's episode of The Office Michael faces the repercussions of giving his two weeks notice. Namely, realizing other local paper suppliers have shut down, the job market is terrible, he has no idea what websites to use to look for listings and no concept of what it takes to start his own company.

At the very beginning of the episode, Michael chit chats with a man applying for his job, which reminded me how awkward it is to meet the person who is hired to fill your shoes. I had the fortune of leaving my last job on a good note and actually spent a week training the new hire, but there was something uncomfortable about passing a job I had decided to move on from to another person. Have you ever met the person who took your position?

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Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
Not only did I meet her, I ended up training her >:-/
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
merie33 merie33 8 years
Symphonee I had the same situation. Except mine was a little bit backwards from yours. My boss pulled me in the office and said they wouldn't need me after Tuesday (this was Monday) and my replacement would be in in an hour...could I train her? I was so upset and so angry about the entire situation I didn't even want to look at the poor lady. Oh well...the recession hit that company pretty hard, and I hear they're cutting employees and pay left and I got out just in time I suppose.
mdamsky mdamsky 8 years
I have twice met the person I was to replace, and been in the position that I knew and they did not. I ended up being good friends with both of them but have discussed it with neither
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
no - but i've met the girl that i replaced. she actually phone interviewed me first and then she became a free lancer for our group for a short while, and she's still really good friends with one of my co-workers. just a bit awkward
familyfitness familyfitness 8 years
Yeah, what sucks is when you have to train them while you're still a lame duck, and forcing yourself to resist the urge to "spill" everything about your boss, coworkers, etc. "Oh, and when your boss says she has a couple 'quick errands' and she'll 'be back in a few minutes,' that means you're not getting any lunch."
GretelGirl GretelGirl 8 years
When I met my replacement at my last job, I have to say that there was part of me that felt a little satisfaction in knowing (after I assessed his skill set) that there was no way he could meet the high bar I set. I wanted the best for my old company, but secretly I was happy knowing that I was what was best. :)
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I got my replacement her job without me knowing it. My boss told me we were still hiring more people and I had just met a great lady who needed a job, so I recommended her. My boss told me that she would be starting Monday on Wednesday. He fired me after a full day of work on Friday. Jokes on him because she is now suing him for wrongfully withholding her pay and not completing her mandatory state paperwork.
mek123 mek123 8 years
I've hired and trained my replacement a few times and been trained by the person I'm replacing. If you leave on good terms, I think it is the right thing to do. The only time it was awkward when I was laid-off because the position was being moved across country and I chose not to move.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
I'm still at my first post-grad school full-time job, but when I leave, I will likely be training the new person. I'm pretty sure I'd be leaving my employer on good terms.
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