“Sometimes, bosses like it when you print out their e-mail for them, so they can reply by hand and have you send it,” says Marquis. “But you’re taking on a lot of legal risk in the workplace by doing that.”
Her advice: Find a way out of that arrangement quickly.
You can do that in by gaining Delegate status, allowing you to send messages or schedule meetings “on behalf of” your boss. Your manager can set it up on her computer this way:
1. Click Options on the Tools menu.
2. Click Delegates tab.
3. Click Add and select your name.
It’s up to her to decide how much permission to grant. A private boss may opt to hide the bulk of her folders, while a major delegator may give you permission to reschedule meetings, reply to e-mail and delete digital clutter.