(Closed) Are my co-workers dumping work on me…or is this just my job?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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rebeccasum :  What does your job description say? You would know that better than any of us.

Even if those things are included, there must be some prioritizing of your time to be more available to assisting the VP.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Does your boss see this happening? What does he/she say about it?

your role needs to be clearly defined to you, your colleagues and your boss. This could be done with the help OF your boss or HR dept. 

additionally, if there is need of an admit, bringing it up could highlight that need and perhaps a role can be created for a new hire to do that. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Need of an admin* sorry my phone won’t let me edit. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

hmm…this is kind of tough. I’m inclined to say your co-workers are dumping work on you thats not in your job description but the duties for an executive assistant can vary by company so I’m not 100% certain. When you were hired were any of these things mentioned either verbally or in writing as part of your daily job? I’d talk to your boss. You don’t have to place blame on anyone or mention that there’s a specific problem but you should be able to get clarification on exactly what your work includes.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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rebeccasum :  If these requests are interfering with your ability to do your job as assistant to the VP, then I would discuss it with your boss. How does that person want you to spend your time?

Are you aware of how these things were handled before you were in the position? If the previous assistant did all these things, then the staff are used to that being the status quo.

I don’t personally believe that it is anyone’s job to clean up after other people, so I wouldn’t do that. I would leave the mess in the meeting room and speak up when someone leaves stuff on your desk. That is ridiculous.

At my last place of employment people would just leave uneaten and leftover lunches in the fridge until they rotted- as if they had people to clean up after them. I initiated a policy that Friday afternoons, everything in he fridge was thrown out. It solved the problem, even if it didn’t change everyone’s behavior.

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

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rebeccasum :  Can’t you tell them that you’re busy working on a project with the VP or some other task that is part of your job description & just let them know that you won’t have time or something?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

You are not overreacting, and they are taking advantage of you.

Pushover or not, you need to have a professional, planned out conversation with your boss. You need to tell him that your valuable time supporting him and the important goals of the company are being undermined by others who view you as their assistant. Don’t be shy about citing the examples of what they have come to expect of you.

And don’t worry about what they will think… that is exactly how you got yourself to this point. Yes, they will get all pissy about it, but so what? The alternative is that you continue to be a doormat.

If he won’t change the situation, then start looking for another job. Good admins are hard to find, and you should have no trouble moving on.

If nothing else, read the book linked below. I wish I’d known about it way earlier!

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Good luck, and STAND UP FOR YOURSELF!!!!

 

 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

No one likes women who stand up for themselves, so don’t expect them to like it. They will eventually respect you, and that is all you need them to do. 

Don’t do this, but I would get a sign for my desk: “This is called a desk. It is not your trash can and I’m not your mommy. Figure it out.” 

 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

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rebeccasum :  Sounds like a job that I had and left because of the ambuigty of the job description.  Also washing dishes???  Sounds like they’re lazy as shit

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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rebeccasum :  the dishes/not cleaning up after themselves bit is ridiculously rude. 

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