Relief Receptionist Resentment

Dear Jean,

My boss is asking me to be “relief receptionist.”  My real job is administrative assistant.  Don’t you think he is being unfair to expect me to be a receptionist when our real receptionist goes out to lunch?

Reply:

I know other offices with similar situations.  They require that someone be at their front desk eight hours a day.  Although having to pull an administrative assistant away from her work may be uncomfortable, the commitment to your clients should out-weight any regrets.

There will always be things in our work life we don’t like and don’t want to do.  Try to keep a willing attitude about this and other office inconveniences.  I doubt if your boss regards this as punishment.  I hope you won’t either.

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