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I got a promotion, but no one is training me

(MoneyWatch) Dear Evil HR Lady,

I am up for a promotion. I was originally working as an accounts payable (AP) clerk, and my manager decided to offer me a new position since I finished my bachelor's degree in accounting. Earlier this year they told me that if there is a need in the office, they will move me into a junior accountant position. They decided to remove all my AP clerk responsibilities as I transition to the accountant position.

Was it right that they take away my AP responsibilities but only give me a few accounting tasks? The promotion date keeps on moving, so I am left fearful for my role in the company. They hired a new girl to replace my position but have not trained me for my new role. Is that right?

Right? No. Legal? Yes. Stupid? Probably.

Your employer expects that, since you finished your bachelor's degree in accounting, you really know how to be an accountant. They also probably thought they were doing a great thing in promoting you. However, either signals got crossed or people ran out of time, and no one is thinking about you and the training you need.

This is what we call normal business practice. Note that this is different than good business practice. But I suspect that you're worried that your company is trying to push you out by hiring your replacement before you are trained. It's doubtful that this is the case. Most likely, they are just disorganized. If they wanted to get rid of you, they would have just fired you straight out.

So rather than sitting there worrying about what will happen next, be active and go talk to your boss. Say, "Now that you've hired Jane to take over the AP responsibilities, I'm ready to go 100 percent into the accounting role. Do you have something planned out, or should I just shadow Stephanie in order to learn the ropes?"

Make sure you have something realistic to say about what you should do rather than just asking the boss to tell you what to do. But don't come in fretting that you're going to be fired. Be confident. Assume that things are going to go well. Your positive attitude will help things go smoothly.

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