“If someone is whining about not having coffee – even if it’s your boss – you 100% not-at-all do not need to volunteer to do that. It’s not your job. He can get his own coffee. If he doesn’t want to, he can hire someone who has that in his job description.” Alison Green

“If someone is whining about not having coffee – even if it’s your boss – you 100% not-at-all do not need to volunteer to do that. It’s not your job. He can get his own coffee. If he doesn’t want to, he can hire someone who has that in his job description.”

“If someone asks you to fix the vacuum, your answer can just be: I don’t know how to do that any more than you do. Sorry I can’t help If someone asks you to do other things that aren’t your job, you can say: sorry I don’t have to do that right now.”

“If not, you’re going to train people that you’re the admin. You’re not. Look at all of your coworkers who have decided it’s not their problem. Follow their cues.”

 

Source: Ask a Manager – I Don’t Want to Become the Office Secretary | Listen via Stitcher Radio On Demand

I'm a graphic designer (portfolio), classical pianist and artist in Baltimore, MD. I host the Uncanny Creativity Podcast helping to demystify the creative process and creator of Funlooksfun.com, an online shop for apparel and games. Twitter: @sketchee

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