Ms. Trivedi

HI All, My boss is asking me to sit at the Reception and dont wan to do as it will degarsde my profile... Kindly help me out with a way whrerin i can deny him an decent way plzzz help Regrads, Priya
From India, Ahmedabad
Ms. Trivedi

HI All,
My boss is asking me to sit at the Reception and dont want to do as it will degarade my profile...
Kindly help me out with a way whrerin i can deny him an decent way
plzzz help

From India, Ahmedabad
Harsh Shukla

Hi Priya, Before i can give you a useful answer. Please give more details of your job profile and what makes you think that sitting at a reception desk is degrading? Regards, Harsh
From United Kingdom, Barrow
Anita P Panicker

Hi Priya,
What is your job profile and what is your current designation. Are you are too qualified for the post? As Harsh suggested please give more information so that we can guide you.

From India, Mumbai
Ms. Trivedi

Harsh And Anita
I am working as an HR in this organisation And have Done , and persuing MBA in HR...
Plus I have to look after Recruitment, Payroll, Admin work and other work as well...I already have too much of work and on top of it he does this...
I always agree and do the work assigned by him... So I think as if now he is taking me for granted .....
Seriously he is too much...He will never appreciate the good work done but will always critize for the same....
What should i do now..
Plz Suggest

From India, Ahmedabad
Harsh Shukla

Hi Priya,
My first thoughts are:
It does not matter what your academic qualifications are, they only mattered when you applied for the job.
Now, please don\'t dismiss your boss as irritating (this is so that YOU are in a clear frame of mind).
I suggest you take a close look at your actual workload (as opposed any perception of the workload (which he probably has); write it all down and then ask for an informal meeting. Produce your workload synopsis at the meeting and suggest to him that the quality of your output will suffer if you re-locate to the reception desk because of all the interruptions. That should do the trick. If he still insists then agree a trial period and then record all interruptions, to prove your point. Sometimes, one has to educate the boss!!

From United Kingdom, Barrow
Ms. Trivedi

Hi Harsh,
I like d way u said.... really true n best way to go ahead but my only concern is he will ask n start expecting more and more .....
This is not the first time....
There are many.other things that I have done which I am not suppose to do...
So as the saying is in Hindi " ungli di toh pura haath pakad liya"
He alwayz does this......
Sick and Tired now ...

From India, Ahmedabad
Harsh Shukla

Hi Priya,
Please don\'t despair!!
There are always two actions you can take.
1) Leave
2) Stay
If you leave then its over and done with. But then what about the new boss....??
But if you stay, then you have the ability to change not only the boss but also contribute to a better workplace. As they say \"Better the devil you know, than the one you don\'t\".
If this boss is persistent in his demands, then you MUST (for your own sake) consider if he thinks that you have the ability. If you have the ability, then take the extra work and prove your worth. However, i urge you to keep a running record of all the extra work so that you can produce it, two reasons 1) if anything ever goes wrong and 2) it will help at your next appraisal or salary review. Sow the seeds now and harvest the rewards later. But in doing so Never lose your respect or dignity. Always treat your boss with kid gloves and slowly win him over. After all he is your best weapon for your progression.
I hope this help

From United Kingdom, Barrow
Gaurav Sareen

Dear Priya,

There's an unwritten rule in contemporary management (note how I didn't use the word 'leadership') which says that:

'If you want something done, then go to the busiest person'.

Having read your exchange with Harsh, I'm convinced that your boss finds you to be the jewel in his business. Else, why would he volunteer you for such varied works?

Now, again going back to Harsh, you have a choice - Leave or Stay.

But, before you make this choice, I want to introduce a concept to you.

Regardless of what choice you make, you MUST understand that you are making that choice for YOU. And, not just for this situation, but for all others that will arise in your career hereafter.

What I mean is that if your boss has identified you as an achiever, there can only be 1 of 2 possibilities.

First, you really are an achiever with a high work ethic and productivity, as well as a high standard of work completion. As you can understand, each of these are significant traits for any 1 person to possess. And, these very traits are what each employer looks for when they're hiring. In this sense, your boss is truly fortunate and from what you write, I think he knows it too. But, like most Indian bosses, he's been trained very hard to not express that praise. Which is really sad, because in all that you write, genuine praise and acknowledgment are 2 outcomes you really seek!

Second, you are an achiever, but not in the real sense. That is, your colleagues' baseline is so low that even an average performer shines as an achiever. Again, reading your posts, I am not convinced that you are in this category. So, we won't discuss this category further.

So, now, if you truly are an achiever, then I'm afraid that you'll have this situation with every employer. And, as unfortunate as it sounds, its achievers like yourself who make it really hard for yourself - without even realising it.


Quite simple really!

You volunteer for work that others won't stick their hands up for. You make sure you finish the work on or before the deadline. You spend extra time researching ways to do that work better, more efficiently, at a less cost etc. Your work is of a much higher standard than others, but each time you take another assignment, you increase that standard yet higher. And, so on and so forth!

Thus, in a nutshell:

YOU have trained your boss to EXPECT the unexpected from you

That is, you've made him habituated to expect a much higher workload and a far higher work standard and work ethic from you than from your colleagues!

But now, when he's gotten used to your training, you're probably at a point where you want some room to breathe!

This situation is very common with achievers. And, like all situations, it can be made into an opportunity or be perceived as a roadblock!

And, that choice is entirely yours!

Here again I go back to Harsh's post where he asks you to educate your boss! I totally agree with him

There's another significant dimension to your dilemma Priay! YOU!

Because, Priya, the truth is that you will be caught in this situation anywhere you work. So, you too need to take a step back, assess how you do things, weigh them against your personal values and priorities, and then take a decision moving forward.

All in all, I would love to have one of my staff have your dilemma. Why?

Because then I'll know that I've got a real winner in my team.

But, I'll also expect them to be totally open and transparent with me when they feel how you're feeling right now, as well as have the patience to educate me. Why?

Because whilst I may be their boss and know a lot of things, I'm NOT that person. And, I'm definitely NOT a mind reader!

If I was, I'd be very rich and won't need to post in this forum. There'd be a long queue outside my door every morning...

You get the idea...

All the best!

So, more than training your boss, you also need to train yourself

From India, Gurgaon

It's time to do a reality check

Your qualifications are BCom, MCom

Basically you are just a graduate (MCom is nothing but a waste of time and industry knows it)

The fact that you are studying for part time MBA is of little consequences.

Specially if you are doing correspondence course. It's not given any credence.

After you qualify, if you have done a part time MBA (not correspondence), then you get a bit of leverage. But not much. Again industry does not consider part time MBA as serious study. The courses in any case (except a select few) lack quality.

What matters more is your experience and exposure.

I do not know what is the size of your company of its reputation, so I can't do tell more about your profile. You will be the best judge. If the company is small and hr is not a separate function, then admin comes under your purview. In that case how does sitting in the reception downgrade your performance ? Or how it adversely affects work quality ? How large is the volume of visitors that it will prevent you from working ?

If you go to an interview are they going to know you sit in the reception ?

Or are you worried about your friends and colleagues looking down on you ?

In our office, the girl,who handles admin and hr sits in the reception. She does all of what you said, plus manages the office boys and also the junior accountant reports to her. Just because its convenient for her to sit at the reception does not reduce the importance of work she does.

In the end there is no single right answer to the original query.

If you are clear that you do not want to sit in reception, clearly tell your boss that you would not. Tell him it downgrades you and distracts from work.

If he is not winning to listen then you have to look for a new job.

From India, Mumbai
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