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.

Above And Beyond: When your boss asks too much

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

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.

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.

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