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Has Your Boss Crossed Any Lines Regarding Your Job Duties?

Your Two Cents: Has Your Boss Crossed Any Lines?

There's a situation in 27 Dresses where Katherine Heigl's character, Jane, receives an anonymous bouquet of flowers when she arrives to work. When her boss, George (who she's crazy in love with), asks if she got the thing he left on her desk that morning, she assumes he's referring to the flowers. He says that he was worried because they'd never had that kind of relationship before and, well, you know where this is going. It crushes her when later it's revealed that he was referring to the dry-cleaning slip he'd left on her desk, and not the lovely bouquet.

A recent survey found that "secretaries and PAs spend hours of their days engaged in running errands for their bosses or sorting out their employers' personal lives." Has your boss ever crossed the line of asking you to perform more personal duties that fall outside of your job?

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julieulie julieulie 9 years
I do errands for him that he is supposed to do AT WORK but never personal things. For example, I'll run down to the OR and hop in a surgery to get a fresh tumor sample if there's a sarcoma case, which technically he should do since he's the MD and they are his patients, but it still relates to my job. He would never ask me to get his dry cleaning or anything like that, though.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Eh. I do personal errands for my boss on a regular basis doesn't it bother me. I'm very well compensated for my time. The only thing I struggled with was tutoring his son. At 2 am, if he doesn't have the work done, I just get aggravated and do it myself. On the plus side, I did get an A+ on his Financial Management project!
thelorax thelorax 9 years
Yeah, you've seen The Devil Wears Prada? My boss is just like Miranda Priestly/Anna Wintour...except that I'm not her assistant!!! In addition to my actual responsibilities, I babysit her kids and take her foreign exchange student shopping, I send out invitations to her friends for girls' night, and yes, I hang up her coat and bag. Ugh. Someone slap me.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Yes, my current boss has made me do some projects for her that weren't work related. She took her son's graduation photos and I spent hours retouching them, getting rid of blemishes and she also decided she didn't like his message t-shirt so I had to get rid of the screenprinting on it.
vmruby vmruby 9 years
No and i would have never let any of my bosses get away with it either.I'm not anyone's personal errand girl and if it's not in my job description then it ain't happening.
misriss misriss 9 years
The worst my boss makes me do is go buy his coffee. But he always give me money buy some for myself so I'm glad to do it!
emalove emalove 9 years
No...almost all of my bosses have been female and there's never been any issues.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Been there done that! Make appts. for the dog to see the vet and the groomer. And then fill out the reimbursement forms for the vet insurance. Order catering for personal parties and car service. Refilling her prescriptions and setting up her Drs. appts. I even signed her papers when she purchased a vacation home and she happened to be away on a conference, she actually gave me the authority to sign for her. I do have to say that I got some perks out of this. She would let me use her country house and her apartment in the city whenever I wanted.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
No - I can't imagine my boss asking me to do any of the things others have mentioned! I don't think I'd be able to cope either if she did ...
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Chrischick- This is awful! I'm so sorry that your boss is completely taking advantage of you. It looks like you are being pretty mature about the situation and I hope things look up for you!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
my last boss was great--he only asked me to do one personal favor for him over the course of two years, and it wasn't a big deal. he was very appreciative, which was nice.
chrischick chrischick 9 years
Shanimalcracker-I'm an office manager, which means I act as HR, accountant and reception. None of my job function is to act as a personal assistant. I don't mind getting lunch but I think a lot of the other requests are excessive. Unfortunately at the beginning of my job I was so eager to please that I did these requests with no question, but I think they assumed that it was appropriate to ask and the requests get more and more ridiculous by the day. Also, these "duties" keep me from my real job duties and often I am staying late to make sure they are done. There are days where I literally get NOTHING office-related done because I am out running personal errands. It sucks. :(
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I work in a small office and our VP is very demanding. He has gone through a ton of personal assistants because they did not live up to his standards. He is very honest with everyone what his expectations are the main problem is I do not think the women have believed him so I blame them If he calls you on the weekend he does expect you to drop what you are doing and take care of whatever issue he is calling about sometimes the factory needs an answer on a Sunday and it can not wait until Monday or he needs his travel changed. But it is always business related and he is honest with we are compensated very well so I do not mind helping him out.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Chrischick, are those part of your job responsibilities? What I mean is, are you a personal assistant? Or are you just given a lot of random work?
Ella4 Ella4 9 years
Never had a problem with it till my current boss, who tried to get me to package up and send his personal mail with the office mail, which is kind of rotten as we work for a charity and it was a $10 parcel. I told him I didn't mind taking it to the post office with the office mail but he would have to pay for stamps. It hasn't happened again.
discocactus discocactus 9 years
No, I don't have the kind of job where I "assist" my boss but they just oversee what I do. I can't imagine this is an issue for most people who aren't assistants.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Savvy--I'm glad it wasn't just me that thought so! :) Chrischick, your job sounds a lot like mine...
chrischick chrischick 9 years
Yes unfortunately. In addition to running an office in the position of office manager, I have. -Taken his dog to a groomers 25 miles away in rush hour traffic. -Went to a beauty supply store to buy hair dye for his wife. -Had to drive and pick up his mail every day when he was out of town. -Clean his office. -Taken his dog on walks in the middle of my work day. -Pick up lunch almost every day. -Picking up after him in the shop (chain smoker and tosses cigarette butts EVERYWHERE, doesn't flush the toilet) -Pick up his wife at their house -Taken his car in for washes, oil changes and gas -Go to the post office so his wife, an actress can send out autographed pictures of herself to her fans -His house is constantly undergoing construction, so occasionally I am there all day supervising(to be fair, I do get to just chill and watch TV the whole time they are there) -Make cold calls for charity requests for his wife's charity I could go on and on.... To be fair, he's a great guy, just really sloppy and disorganized. His WIFE on the other hand....typical spoiled Hollywood wannabe actress type who can't afford her own assistant so she uses me as hers.... :(
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
Jude C- that is definitely crossing a big line!
juju4 juju4 9 years
That's why I don't like assisting someone. I hate doing personal errands for people! I don't have enough time to do my own...
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Not my current boss, but my last boss used to try to get me to make dinner reservations. I put a stop to that REAL quick.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Yeah, picking up his kids from school. I declined by saying that I'm not the world's best driver and would absolutely not feel comfortable being responsible in any way for his kids' safety. (Also, they're sort of brats, and no way did I want to be stuck in a car with all of them for any amount of time.)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I was a few times at my old job, so wasn't another woman I worked with. Of course my declining most def caused issues, but hey it wasn't my job. Sorry.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Yes, but he is family and I live in a building he owns.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
Does picking up lunch count? oh and coffee. I always picked something up for myself while I was at it, so it never bothered me
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