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Question: “I am in that no-man's land where my boss likes my work so much that he treats me as his administrative assistant even though I am not his assistant. Are administrative assistants supposed to clean their bosses' desks?  I personally don't want to do this. He is a messy person and his desk is always a mess.  I don't know what to do with most of the paperwork on his desk other than to move it to a cabinet. What are the official nonbusiness duties that an administrative assistant should do for a boss? Should I get his coffee? I do get it occasionally, but he asks politely.” — Beatrice
Question: "My boss bad-mouths me to his direct reports. This puts me in an awkward situation and undermines me as a person and his executive assistant. How should I handle this?" — Christina
Question: "My boss bad-mouths me to his direct reports. This puts me in an awkward situation and undermines me as a person and his executive assistant. How should I handle this?" — Christina
Question: “I cannot figure out how to create macros in MS Word 2007 using Visual Basic. Every macro I type saves fine, but when I go to run it I get an invalid error, and it takes me back to the Visual Basic page. What am I missing here?  This used to be so easy in MS Word 2003.” — Laura
Question: “I cannot figure out how to create macros in MS Word 2007 using Visual Basic. Every macro I type saves fine, but when I go to run it I get an invalid error, and it takes me back to the Visual Basic page. What am I missing here?  This used to be so easy in MS Word 2003.” — Laura
Question: “Our director often takes personal or vacation leave without giving the staff advance notice. This causes problems because he sometimes sends out information to customers that need to be returned while he is out. We don’t always have the information needed to respond to any questions customers might have. How do we tactfully ask the boss to reveal his plans to us?” — Gina
Question: “Our director often takes personal or vacation leave without giving the staff advance notice. This causes problems because he sometimes sends out information to customers that need to be returned while he is out. We don’t always have the information needed to respond to any questions customers might have. How do we tactfully ask the boss to reveal his plans to us?” — Gina
Question: “I enjoyed quick successes and promotions at my previous employer, and the company agreed to pay for my MBA degree. Near the end of my schooling, my employer worked out a deal for almost two-thirds of the staff to be acquired by another company. Everyone was transferred into a similar role with the same pay. Since then, there has been a pay and promotion freeze, pay cuts and a few layoffs. I enjoy the work I do and the people I work with. However, I'm questioning if accepting the same (reduced) pay and position for more than two years after receiving my MBA will reflect negatively on me concerning goals and motivation. Is it better to 'hang in there' and hope the promotions and pay increase, or should I be looking for other career opportunities?” — Linda
Question: “I enjoyed quick successes and promotions at my previous employer, and the company agreed to pay for my MBA degree. Near the end of my schooling, my employer worked out a deal for almost two-thirds of the staff to be acquired by another company. Everyone was transferred into a similar role with the same pay. Since then, there has been a pay and promotion freeze, pay cuts and a few layoffs. I enjoy the work I do and the people I work with. However, I'm questioning if accepting the same (reduced) pay and position for more than two years after receiving my MBA will reflect negatively on me concerning goals and motivation. Is it better to 'hang in there' and hope the promotions and pay increase, or should I be looking for other career opportunities?” — Linda
Question: “When I plan to be out of the office, I put it on several people’s calendars by submitting a meeting request for the affected dates. Unfortunately, this causes their calendars to appear “busy” during those times, rather than just informing that I’m out. What am I doing wrong and is there a better way to do this?” — Lynn
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