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Thursday, December 12, 2002


Donna said some things that helped put some things in perspective as to my own current work situation. I feel for her, and her assistant, too.

As a professional assistant (over 25 years and counting; almost four years with my present boss), I've just recently come to the realization that it doesn't matter how good of a job I think I'm doing. All that really matters is what my boss thinks.

When we were super busy, I churned out a massive amount of work and he rarely gave me or my work notice. We had chemistry. It was like I could read his mind and I just knew what to do without being told. Not as in magically knowing what do; more like logically knowing what to do. He never had to tell me what to do next.

Lately, our business has dropped down considerably. Because of that, my boss has less to do. Consequently, he spends more time critiquing me (someone who was used to doing everything on her own) and my work, which allows me less time to actually do the work. It's gotten to the point where we're both now miserable with each other. The chemistry is gone.

Well, there's a lot more to it, but that's that gist of how I see it.

Posted by Marie at December 12, 2002 10:43 PM


Working with someone who knows what they're doing like you do sounds nice. ;) No one but you can decide what's best, but what I can tell you from being both an employee and a boss is that when people start talking about how bad a situation is, it may be too late to repair it - once someone says "it's not really working as well as it should," it's like the bell that can't be un-rung. Good luck!

Posted by: Donna at December 13, 2002 2:25 PM

Thanks, Donna. The thing is, I really like the work I do. Things just went from good to bad in what seems like a short period of time. That's what's so hard to take.

Posted by: Marie at December 14, 2002 11:46 PM