So much depends, sometimes.
When I first came to NWU, the Underwater Basketweaving department had a administrative assistant who was less than friendly and less than efficient. I had to wait for my travel reimbursement forever, because they hadn't sent it in for a long time. The also took the office furniture and arranged it as a sort of fort so that they were sort of hidden from students.
Then that person retired, and we got the most wonderful person; they were friendly and efficient, helpful, kind, just great.
And the feel of the department changed totally. People wanted to drop by the office, to say hello, to get a smile in return. Things got done and done well, and if you asked for help, you got it, and it was done kindly.
So, one of my first acts as chair is hiring a new administrative assistant. I had help, thank goodness, from a couple of really smart, good colleagues. And we've hired someone, and are waiting on paperwork to finish things up.
In the meanwhile, I'm hopeful and worried. I have good reason to believe the new person is both friendly and effective as a worker. But if they aren't, then it's on me, and the whole department's going to have a hard time of it.
I've never really been the final say on hiring anyone before. I've served on plenty of committees, but there's always been a lot of input from others, and I wasn't the final say. But this time, I am. And it's scary.
I hope I quit being scared about my job.