Dear Sue: I have a great position. I make good money, have a great boss and a wonderful staff working for me. However, due to company politics and a possible reorganization of the company, there is a chance that within the next year the person who previously held my job, and is very cozy with my boss, may want it back.
I don't want to be paranoid, but I am concerned because I know I wouldn't want to work beneath her, nor would I want her to work under me and make more money than I do.
Should I look for another job, hang on quietly or say something and see what kind of response I get?
Sue Says: Although I can understand your concerns, there is no guarantee that what you are worrying about will happen. Why would you even consider looking for another job based on the 'possibility' that your old boss will want her job back?
You say you have a great job, boss and staff. Apparently you are doing well in your position. Even if this person who previously held your job does want it back, there is no guarantee she will get it back no matter how cozy she is with your boss.
I don't see any reason for you to hesitate to address your concerns by saying something. It's always a good idea to be prepared and have a back up plan should anything happen, but for now stop worrying and continue to focus on the wonderful aspects of your job.
You can be certain that there will be many changes within the next year -- every business is changing at a rapid rate. Being prepared is wise, but being paranoid is a waste of time.