- 2 years ago
I work at a foundation in an administrative role. Recently, I was put in charge of coordinating one of our programs. I’m basically the liason between our department and two others and am charged with tracking information/expenses, creating reports and entering data. One of my coworkers who is assigned to work with a specific donor said they would like someone from our organization to attend a dinner and asked if I’d like to go. Thinking she was asking me to attend with her, I said yes. I just learned that what I would actually be doing is attending alone and giving a talk in front of 30 people about our program! Typically, this is something that someone in her position would do, not an admin. I have social anxiety that can get pretty bad at times (seriously — I pass out frequently in situations like this!) and do not feel that I have enough experience in this program yet to talk about it. I tried to tell her that I misunderstood her original request and that I am not comfortable speaking in front of a large group but she got annoyed and said I need to keep an open mind. I explained that my role is coordinating and she told me that my boss wants me to start doing things like this. He has mentioned other things that I may get more involved in if I am interested, but never speaking to a group like this. I’ve never done anything like this before In my department, this is something that someone in her position does. I then overheard her calling my boss and telling him that I had agreed to do this and then backed out. This woman is continually taking on more responsibilities because she wants to move up in the organization but doesn’t have time to get her work done and barely supervises some of her reportees, but she is highly regarded by my boss so I am unsure what to tell him. She wanted this responsibility and is now pushing obligations to me. I really understand that there may be “other duties as assigned” but I am not being paid to do this type of work and have other things that are keeping me incredibly busy.