(Closed) What are admins "supposed" to do?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MrsPanda99:  No it’s not.  This guy has been watching too much Mad Men.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

@MrsPanda99:  I’m an admin and thankfully NOT a personal servant. However my boss is a really cool guy and if he needs a FAVOR to ask of me, he asks. And will accept a “no” if I am too busy with administrative work. However I usually try to help him out because he does me a lot of favors too.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I guess it depends on if those tasks were part of the job description. I see no issue with doing some of those “servant” tasks every now and then, but every day in lieu of business operations would annoy me.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ughhh I hate it when people think that admin = I’m your bitch (I got treated like that at my old job). Admin, unfortunately, is such a broad term and can really vary between organizations, and I know that my job description currently includes the phrase “other duties as assigned.” Typically, it’s like receptionist and office manager stuff, with a little personal assistant thrown in there. I would never ask an admin to do those kinds of things UNLESS he/she was already going to do them (as in, “Hey, I’m going to grab some coffee,” and I’d say, “Awesome, do you think you could pick me up an x while you’re there?”).

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Kukahiko Estate

@MrsPanda99:  It sounds like what you ask your admin to do is what they should be doing.  We have admins at my job (not too many, like 1 per business group of 100ppl) and she does calendars, sets up business meetings, leads those meetings, company picnic arrangements, holiday parties, expense reports, and I’m sure a ton of other things that I don’t even realize.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Chrysoberyl:  Same here. I’m admin for everyone in the building. I have no problem doing favors for people when they ask nicely, especially because they usually pay me back (one of my sales guys brings me mozzarella sticks, which makes him an angel).

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

There is a difference in pay between admin, personal assistant and executive assitant. 

An admin really can do anything administrative, but can draw the line with technical tasks (legal work, research, stuff like that which you should have some education pertaining to the field you work in). An executive assistant and personal assistant basically run the life of their boss.  Including all personal appointments and running arrands. 

Admins can make $40,000, executive assistants can make $60,000

thats the dif. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsPanda99:  My old bosses admin would get him lunch (I think she usually asked him, I don’t think he told her to do it) but regardless, she did it and he would let her get lunch, too. So, if I was getting free lunch every day I’d have no issue with it! 😉

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@vorpalette:  OMG my old job loved to throw around the “other duties as assigned” usually when a collegue was trying to push their work onto another person.  EFF other duties as assigned LOL!!!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We have one admin for our office (only 15 employees – I’m the only female professional) and her job description is to assist with making copies, bind documents, mail items, get office supplies, etc.  It’s basic general office tasks for everyone.  However, I don’t even ask her to do those (like she’s supposed to) because she always gives me a dirty look and an attitude.  I do my own stuff, office or personal.

I agree that there is a big difference between personal assistant and admin.  The other admin in your office should stand up for herself and get clarification on her job description.  Good for you not to make your admin a personal slave. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsPanda99:  I’m an HR Coordinator and our VP’s sometimes look to me to do their errand running, but not nearly as bad as it sounds like this girl is getting it.  I do A LOT around here with regard to benefits, payroll, training, mediating issues, etc.  But I will occassionally order out from nice local restaurants for their executive meetings, quarterly meetings, etc., but I get to order something for myself (and these restaurants are delish!) so I don’t mind it too badly. 

That being said…I was recently approached by our marketing VP to join the marketing team bc she recognizes how hard I work and thinks I would be perfect for the job.  When this announcement was made to the execs, the first thing our CFO asked was, “Does she even know how to use Excel?”  Are you effing kidding me?!?!?  I’m college educated and IT was my collateral in school.  C’mon dude!  I can build databases if I really want to!  It’s like all he sees is that I run get him food and organize the company parties!  Needless to say, I’m pretty stoked and motivated to get in there and kick ass and prove him wrong so he’ll shut his mouth and give me the respect I deserve!!  *oops..sorry for the rant haha!*

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