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Five Things Admins Hate


Being an administrative assistant is great (well, usually), but sometimes even the greatest workplace can offer up some pretty unpleasant situations — ones that you’ve had to endure with a smile on your face even though you’re about to cry from frustration. We’ve asked some real-life, star admins what they absolutely can’t stand about their jobs and come up with some ways to deal with them like a pro. Here are some of your least favorite situations:


1. Being asked to schedule any personal events.

Booking personal travel, dinners with their significant other, or tickets to the game. Is there anything more irritating? Unless your title is “personal assistant,” this really isn’t your job. And to make matters worse, it makes it harder for you to do your real job! You’ve got things that are actually in your job description to take care of. Instead you’re being asked to get some plane tickets so she can make a family reunion, get reservations at that new restaurant so she can impress her husband, and pick up her dry cleaning so she’ll look great. So here’s hoping your boss was planning on scheduling meetings and restocking the office supplies herself, right? This happens to all of us sometimes, and it’s good to look like the person who’s happy to pitch in. Still, it’s best to draw a firm line between what you should be doing and what they should be doing.

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