Post # 1
Hey bees. I’m in a dilemma situation…
Last week (Tuesday) my boss called in and said that she has severe vertigo. She went to the doctor and he ruled out an ear infection and can’t pin point the cause so just gave her some anti-dizzy meds. It’s been a week and a half and she hasn’t improved whatsoever.
My dilemma is, she’s the Exec Assistant and I’m the Admin Asst that works under her, though I cover for her when she’s on vacation, so I can essentially do her job.
At the moment I’m taking on all her crap and getting swamped with trying to keep up with my already very busy job. The Executive whom we work for suggested that I can get a temp in, but it’s work that I can’t just easily hand off to someone….you have to know the projects and stuff. By the time I train them on it, it will have taken so long.
But on the flip side, she could be off for up to a year!! Vertigo is so unpredictable.
What should I do???
Post # 3
@westcoast_girl: First of all don’t suffer from”awfulitis”- thinking about the most awful outcome.
She likely will not be off for anywhere near as long as your worst case scenario.
Vertigo is cause by a number of things, many of them not serious and not long lasting.
Priorize your work and start with the most important or those with the earliest deadlines.
Identify which tasks can be done by someone else and get a temp in to do them. There will be tasks that someone else can do. You are only going to stress yourself into your own illness if you insist on doing two jobs.
Post # 4
@westcoast_girl: I agree with bringing in a temp. Surely, there are SOME things a temp could do to help you, answering the phones, scheduling meetings, running documents for signature, basic filing. If the exec offered it, take it. Show him you are capable of delegating work and can fill the role of the EA if necessary.
Post # 5
My mum suffers from Vertigo and it really is unpredicatble. She gets signed off by her doctor for two weeks at a time and unless she suffers another attack during those two weeks she’ll go back. She is a post-partum/NICU nurse, so it’s really important she feels back to normal before going back to work with tiny babies. At least as an exec assistant your boss can situate herself around her desk when she comes back, and feels confident enough to be in meetings and such.
For the first couple of weeks try and ride it out by yourself, if she feels like its not getting better, then I would go for the temp – you don’t want to be that stressed/busy for an extended amount of time!
If you speak to your boss, I think my mum goes to a chiropractor when she has an attack (I’m pretty sure,at least) and they have a special treatment/movement they do to try and help the vertigo pass. Tell her to ask her doctor about that if she hasn’t already been told about it!