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Should you decide … or ask the boss?

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Administrative professionals make roughly $15,000 worth of decisions every year, according to an IAAP Benchmarking survey. Yet it’s sometimes hard to know whether to make a decision on your own or wait for the boss to weigh in.

Here’s one litmus test for determining whether to forge ahead or wait for a nod from the boss, courtesy of Patricia Robb, the blogger behind “Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Today’s Administrative Assistant.” Ask yourself:

  1. “Would a wrong decision embarrass the company?” If so, the boss should make the decision.
  2. “Would a wrong decision inconvenience the boss?” If so, you should get your boss’s input in making the decision.
  3. “Would a wrong decision have little or no impact on the company or your boss?” Go ahead and make the decision.

Robb adds that, over time, “You will start to know what your boss’s likes and dislikes are and when he expects you to go ahead and make the decision.”

Online resource: You can download a copy of the IAAP Administrative Professional Skills Bench­­marking Survey, Insights From Members.

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