My boss is unexpectedly out sick for the next few weeks. I am technically second in command although I'm only a year on the job and twenty years younger than the next youngest department employee.
I've been extra busy picking up the slack in the expected places: phone calls, appointments, night meetings, putting out minor fires, etc. but I am super paranoid about stepping on my colleagues toes.
I'm trying to keep the machine oiled without expressly being given that command so it's somewhat of a strange and teetering thing. Our department meets weekly and I asked everyone to keep the meeting on their agendas and let me know if they have discussion items. Is this annoying or helpful? I suppose upper management might be pleased with the initiative and self proclaimed peons might begin to loathe me starting: NOW. Ah, it was only a matter of time. I have a recurring dream that one support staff person hates me with a passion even though she's never outwardly displayed anything but helpfulness. I do have valid things I need to bring up when everyone has their heads together at this meeting though.
Thoughs? Advice? I've always been a good line walker because I have experience on both sides of the fence but it's tough.