boss asking me to email his admin for him

Apple dl1235
Oct 10 39 Comments

Today I was an active member in a senior leadership meeting, and boss asked me to email his admin to set up a meeting for him. It took him longer to tell me who to invite and what to put in email than for him to do it. I will not be in the meeting since I am at an offsite.

I wanted to say “send your own email” but instead just did it, although it felt weird since it is not my job in any way... He is constantly asking me to be his notetaker and personal reminder to his admin, and it it getting old. Do I just need to grin and bear it, since he is my boss?

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  • Magic Leap sunday3
    That was not about telling the admin to set the meeting.

    It was about telling everyone present in the room that he was calling for that meeting.
    Oct 10 2
    • Google uzaname
      Agreed. He was making sure everyone hears it
      Oct 10
    • Google Mr. Glass
      Yup. OP is just a problematic person stirring up controversy. Such people need to be punished
      Oct 12
  • Cisco
    ☪️oe✡️is✝️

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    ☪️oe✡️is✝️more
    Apple engineers .. so egocentric
    Oct 10 2
    • Roku cruella
      Also eccentric.
      Oct 10
    • Cisco
      ☪️oe✡️is✝️

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      ☪️oe✡️is✝️more
      Do they still think they shit gold in 2019? Last I checked they haven’t produced anything interesting since Jobs died.

      A GPS sticker.. r u f*****g kidding me?
      Oct 10
  • Netflix televisor
    This how you add value. Do it and don't complain. You will get credit.
    Oct 10 3
    • Roku cruella
      Is that from the culture deck?
      Oct 10
    • Netflix televisor
      Nope. This was my attitude before I worked at Netflix.
      Oct 10
    • Roku cruella
      And now?
      Oct 10
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    You might want to share this article from today’s WSJ with your boss.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/dont-ask-me-to-do-office-housework-11570959002
    Oct 13 1
    • Apple dl1235
      OP
      Thank you!
      Oct 13
  • Amazon / Product
    stfumeow

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    stfumeowmore
    You have to set boundaries. In your next 1:1 bring this up and tell him it’s inappropriate.
    Oct 10 1
  • Roku cruella
    Don't!

    U r swe!
    Don't stoop to his arcahic ways.
    Oct 10 0
  • NVIDIA caseofmond
    PATRIARCHY
    Oct 10 1
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    At your next 1:1, tell him that the ask made you feel uncomfortable and that it undermined your credibility with the team.

    That you’ve noticed a pattern of him treating women, and you in particular as less than your peers.

    Send a follow up email afterwords recapping what was discussed, in case you need to escalate to HR.
    Oct 11 1
    • Apple dl1235
      OP
      Thanks, this is very helpful.
      Oct 11
  • Yahoo GrIt88
    Dang, that boss owned you so nice. Looks like a power play. If you don't like it, I would recommend kindly letting him know in private. What it he asked you to lick his hairy balls next?
    Oct 10 1
    • Google Mr. Glass
      I guess it would depend on if you mocked his balls and pee pee and threatened to gossip about it afterwards. He wouldn’t dare ask you again. Besides, you got a get-out-of-jail-free card now to blackmail him with 😉

      The only people outraged here are the feminazis who aren’t attractive enough to get asked such things
      Oct 12
  • Indeed sheeto
    Maybe he trusts you?
    Oct 10 1
    • Roku cruella
      And looking to make u his PA?
      Oct 10
  • Bloomberg TimeToPlay
    Ugh... Had managers that used to do that. Changed teams. You’re not a secretary. What’s an admin?
    Oct 11 0
  • Google
    yohoooo

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    yohoooomore
    Are you a SWE?
    Oct 10 0
  • New / Biz Dev Mwtu56
    Ha! This is nothing new. Happened to me at Apple and Symantec and I’m a Sr Director !
    6d 3
    • Apple dl1235
      OP
      How did you handle it?
      3d
    • New / Sales
      Kathman

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      Kathmanmore
      At Apple, I pulled my boss aside and said listen, I’m not your admin , I’m not the one, perhaps you can ask one of the guys. Second, at Symantec, I was with the Vp and SVP one afternoon, the SVP asked the VP, can you elaborate on your email, the VP was stammering , I said, let me interject since I wrote it.
      2d
    • Amazon deepnno
      Nice
      Yesterday
  • Facebook h2648psj
    Gender of parties involved?
    Oct 10 3
    • Roku cruella
      Significance?
      Oct 10
    • Facebook h2648psj
      Sometimes that shit happens more in certain dynamics. If certain dynamics might exist here, the way to handle would be different
      Oct 10
    • Roku cruella
      White knighting?
      Oct 10
  • Amazon mmmehhhh
    Don’t know your boss but depending on who he is you could potentially get away with just saying no or making excuses like :” have to finish this line of code, or middle of testing something or answering client email.
    Oct 11 1
    • Google Mr. Glass
      Or: ask him to get you an admin to take care of such things. It would require a promotion though 😉👌
      Oct 12
  • New / Eng
    PewPew!!

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    PewPew!!more
    A prophecy - I see Chief of Staff written all over your future!
    Oct 11 1
  • Microsoft sugoi!
    Ask him to rotate the duties among team members
    Oct 29 0
  • Amazon / IT MCEL58
    TC??
    Oct 10 0

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