My contract is ending at the end of January (covering maternity leave). My boss and I agreed that they would create a new position in the office for me so that I can stay and continue working there. This new position created is the only reason why I would stay with the company longer. However, last week one of my colleague gave his notice so now the company is having me train with him to cover for him when he is gone. I'm sensing the company will just move me to his position instead of creating a new position for me like discussed. I do not want to take my colleagues position at all. How do I let my boss know when they bring that up to me? I'm willing to cover until they find someone but I am not interested in staying for that position.

  • Where are you located? Please state the country, and state/province if applicable. As pointed out by Joe Strazzere in a comment, location can influence your options and the consequences of each.
    – user
    Jan 18, 2019 at 18:08

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You just have to be honest and tell them this is not what you were expecting based on discussions and you aren't interested.

You have to be careful abbout "covering until they find someone". That can be extended for a long time if you let it happen. Be polite but firm. You want the new position; you could even offer to help them to find someone to replace the other person but make it clear that this is not going to be you.

Anyway that is what I would do.

  • Be prepare to face the fact that they might not abide by what's was agreed, and that you should consider if you want to resign if you can't have the new position.
    – ChrisReact
    Jan 18, 2019 at 9:03
  • If it sounds like they do want you to cover for some indeterminate period of time, you could always ask them to formalise the temporary arrangement as part of your new contract, so that it is intended to come to an end after a set period of time which you agree in advance. This both gives them a deadline to work to in replacing the colleague, which will motivate them, and it gives you a legitimate reason to leave (or potentially take other action) if they fail to meet the terms of your contract in this regard.
    – delinear
    Jan 18, 2019 at 10:29
  • @JoeStrazzere It sounds like OP is merely covering for someone else who's on maternity leave. Her boss offered to create a new job, so she can stay longer beyond the initial contract.
    – Llewellyn
    Jan 19, 2019 at 15:44

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