(Closed) Work Problem- Need advice from some lovely bees!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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933 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@alaska_99705:  You can ask for a raise, citing the work you’re doing. But even if you get the raise I doubt you’ll feel better. I honestly think the best move might be to find another job.  Or become a part owner in the company (if that’s an option).  I hate working with freeloaders, what a drag. 

Post # 4
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3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Stop doing them for her.  If they need to get done, and they’re getting done– there’s no reasn for the owner to make a change.  If she’s asking the secretary to do them and they’re not getting done, then she’ll have to address the problem. 

You’ll have to live with the mess/fall out for a bit, but if it’s clearly her task, then don’t do it for her, let the consequences come. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@alaska_99705:  While I was answering you, I was thinking, it also might not be an easy thing to get another job. I haven’t been able to successfully change behavior like what you’re decribing, so that’s why I suggested getting another job.

@juliette.eliza:  I assumed the reason the OP does the work is because she relies on that work being done in order to do her work. So if she were to stop doing the secretary’s job her work might also suffer?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I suspect there isnt much you can do. Likely she knows she wont get fired which is why she isnt doing her job. There is no incentive for her to change your behavior and you dont have the authority to make her change it. 

You can make sure that what she doesnt do and what you do instead of her is well known by the owner, but that likely wont change much either.

 

Post # 8
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9688 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@alaska_99705:   How long has this been going on?  Does the owner/grandmother not realize she’s being taken advantage of by her granddaugher?  And allowing you to be taken advantage of as well.

What I would do (if you can get away with this and it won’t hurt you professionally) is nothing at all that is not your job.  Let the stuff pile up and the calls go unmade. 

Then, let grandma deal with it when the shit hits the fan.  

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ThreeMeers:  “I suspect there isnt much you can do. Likely she knows she wont get fired which is why she isnt doing her job. There is no incentive for her to change your behavior and you dont have the authority to make her change it.”

I agree.  I would either suck it up and keep doing it or try to find a new job.

Post # 11
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3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think I work with her twin. 

Anyway – it’ll bite her in the ass eventually.  Write her back a super nice email and thank her for noticing that you’ve been busy and be super grateful that she’s asked her granddaughter to help out.  You don’t mind helping out with the filing at all, but it has gotten to be a little burdensome.  Note that you’ll make sure to be better about delegating in the future.

THEN… send granddaughter and email every day asking her to, basically, do her job.  My guess is she told grandma that she is never asked to do anything, that’s why she sits around all day.  Make sure you copy the boss every time.  Either she’ll do her job, or she won’t and grandma will know that she was perfectly aware of her responsibilities and did not do them.  Send follow-up emails (with the CC) “Hey, I noticed the filing piling up – have you been busy with calls?  Need me to follow up on anything?  Let me know if you me to catch up on filing for you again.”

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@alaska_99705:  Thats great. She sounds like a good boss.

I like her idea of lists. Since she gave you permission I would also give her a list of stuff she needs to do for you so she can physically see it all compiled. 

Post # 13
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733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would mention something to the grandma first.

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