My boss's boss only visits our office for a couple of days a month. A day or so after my boss handed in his resignation boss's boss came for her regular monthly visit. I've never actually had a 1 to 1 with her before as I didn't want to go above my boss (who has only been my boss for about a year)'s head, but under the circumstances I felt it was appropriate and my boss agreed. So did boss's boss, she said I am perfectly entitled to go above boss's head and talk to her about anything whenever I need to, She doesn't know me very well, but I explained my case, felt like I was trying to sell myself at a job interview.
There is always the worry and very real risk that senior management will get rid of all of us in our office and take our work to the main office they work from. I asked to be involved in the future plans. She was very positive, it was too early days at the time for any decisions on how the future is going to pan out, and no immediate hurry, boss is on a 3 month notice period.
1 month on and she comes for her next visit. Not a word is mentioned about 'the plan' - she goes off back to her main office. A couple of days later I send her an email asking for a phone chat. No-one's heard anything but there have been murmurings.
This task that boss does is being taken over by so-and-so in main office and this other task that boss does is being taken over by another so-and-so in main office. Looks like plans are being made without my knowledge or involvement, exactly what I didn't want.
I'm entitled to talk to her, she said that, but my email has gone unanswered. So what next? I don't want to sit back and just let whatever is going to happen happen without being involved but I also don't want to be a nuisance and get on her nerves. There's not just me to consider, I have 7 direct reports who are also worried, I have a duty to look after them. Maybe I give it a week and try phoning her?