Boss has Vertigo…now I'm swamped!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@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
141 posts
Blushing bee

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!

Good luck! 

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