Above And Beyond: When your boss asks too much

by EPI Staff on November 3, 2009

Q: As a secretary, I’m used to getting coffee for my boss and running his errands.  But when he asked me to straighten up the conference room after a lunch with his friends, I almost lost my cool.  How can I draw the line?

A: You should definitely speak up if you feel your boss treated you unfairly.  In a calm, private conversation with him, focus on what’s bothering you.  If making coffee and doing odd jobs are agreed-upon duties, but tidying up is not (especially when the get-together wasn’t business related), remind him of your job description.  Perhaps your boss made a bad call that day but honestly wasn’t trying to take advantage of you.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Camille November 5, 2009 at 8:02 am

I am 44 and have been a secretary(and am currently) on various professional levels since I was 19 and to me, since I have always liked my bosses and I was being paid the same no matter what tasks I was asked to do, I am more than happy to do personal things for him/her. That’s what secretary’s do. We are assistants – our purpose in my opinion is to help in whatever way to make the CEO’s life easier. If you can’t handle that, then maybe being a secretary isn’t for you.


Graceandhonor November 5, 2009 at 9:24 am

Agreed, Camille.


Christopher November 28, 2009 at 12:32 pm

What admins get their bosses coffee anymore?


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