11 Unusual Requests From Bosses

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-27-2014 Email

You've probably heard about bosses who ask support staff to pick up their dry cleaning, or set up restaurant reservations for them (and not for business-related occasions either). And perhaps you've occasionally felt guilty about asking these valued employees to do something that would be "beneath" your IT team members. If so, you may not feel so badly after reading the following list of 11 unusual real-life requests that administrative professionals have been asked (ordered?) to perform, as compiled from a new survey from OfficeTeam. After all, it's highly unlikely (we hope) that you've ever directed anyone to conduct any of these jobs. They run the range of lowly to-do's involving toilets and toilet paper, bickering executives, pampered CEOs and even snakes. All of which speaks to how underappreciated these employees are. "Administrative staff often are tasked with 'saving the day' when unusual situations arise," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "They must be resourceful, have strong people skills and remain calm under pressure, especially when responding to unorthodox requests." More than 2,200 administrative professionals took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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