(Closed) My coworker told off my boss today–eek!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

How awkward for the rest of you!!  Good luck!

Post # 4
3638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Haha, it might be awkward now but will be a good story to tell later on down the track. 

Post # 5
5095 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

She was wrong to react that way, but I agree with her about priorities. If he’s cleaning out his office, he doens’t have anything better to do, but she still has other work she needs to get done. I mean, how much farther away is the recycling that he can’t do it himself?!  Sheesh. Some men.

Post # 6
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

As his assistant, aren’t his priorities her priorities?  Regardless of what she was working on?

Post # 7
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

@Talishazwi: Ditto this.

And if your boss gives you something to do and you have big priority things you need to get done, usually you can deal with it by saying, “I’m working on x that’s due at 3:00 tomorrow.  Can I put that aside to do this other assignment, or can I get to assignment y when I’m done with x?”

How awkward for everyone!  Does she have a tense relationship with him in general?

Post # 8
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Something similar happened at work with my dep. today as well! It must be the weather 😉

Seriously though, it’s extremely unprofessional, awkward, and can make for a potentially hostile work environment. 

Post # 9
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

is it a full moon because on tuesday about 9am i walked out of my office and said to my CFO that i couldnt be here today because i was going to snap so i left and worked from home the rest of the day

i think your coworker is in the wrong, if she has other priorites she needs to calmly explain that to him but she is still his assistant and he is still the Dean and that needs to be respected


Post # 10
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow, I’ve thought stuff like that before but never had the nerve to actually say it.  It makes it awkward for everyone around, but honestly, high five to her.  Being an assistant myself, I hate when people ask me to do something like that when I’m trying to get stuff done that is urgent.  And really, how far of a walk is it to recycle? 

Anyway, I do think she shouldn’t have said it out of respect.  He is still her boss and she should have been respectful to him until the end.  I hope it doesn’t make it awkward for you the rest of the time the dean is there. 

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