Our expert says:
As the saying goes, he who wears many hats, needs big head.
In the situation you describe, I'd be very surprised if the company was so foolish as to "throw you to the wolves" - especially when a many-hatted senior guy goes, his secretary's experience and lmpw;edge and skills are very valuable to his successor(s).
There's probably no harm in discretely looking for other possible jobs, but they ought to recognize that they need you.
It does make sense to speak yo your boss about this, and he ought to be understanding. He may be very busy in his work at present, but as he is returing ought to be less stressed about it ( unless he is busy putting skeletons in closets ). Maybe mention it to him as something you want to be on the agenda for a good chat between you, but indicate that you recognize how busy he is at present, and would like to find an early opportunity for such a discussion
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