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Idiots who send you an email with some document or information in it, and then call you 45 seconds after sending it and try to launch immediately into a discussion of the email's content, apparently assuming you spend your day poised in front of the computer screen waiting to eagerly, immediately read whatever pointless bullshit they might send your way.

Screw you, dipshit. You just guaranteed you're not getting a call back until after lunch.
Edited by lawyerdad - 11/2/15 at 1:08pm
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I wanted to know what you thought of my latest selfies NOW not LATER!

and you call yourself an "image consultant." tsk tsk
post #78603 of 85764
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post

Idiots who send you an email with some document or information in it, and then call you 45 seconds after sending it and try to launch immediately into a discussion of the emails content, apparently assuming you spend your day poised in front of the computer screen waiting to eagerly, immediately read whatever pointless bullshit they might send your way.

Screw you, dipshit. You just guaranteed you're not getting a call back until after lunch.

Yup. My favorite is when a client schedules an 8:00 Monday meeting for a document review, sends the documents via e-mail to my secretary over the weekend, then shows up and is upset that I haven't received the documents from my secretary who didn't come in over the weekend and isn't in the office yet (she usually arrives around 9:00). Invariably, my secretary will have told the client at least a week ahead of time that we need plenty of time to review the document they are sending over.
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Yup. My favorite is when a client schedules an 8:00 Monday meeting for a document review, sends the documents via e-mail to my secretary over the weekend, then shows up and is upset that I haven't received the documents from my secretary who didn't come in over the weekend and isn't in the office yet (she usually arrives around 9:00). Invariably, my secretary will have told the client at least a week ahead of time that we need plenty of time to review the document they are sending over.

 

Small-timer question, but why do they send your secretary the documents rather than you directly?

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Small-timer question, but why do they send your secretary the documents rather than you directly?

She coordinates almost everything for me. I don't set my own appointments, either. I just show up when she tells me to show up and basically do what she tells me to do. I'm not sure who's the boss anymore. biggrin.gif
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She coordinates almost everything for me. I don't set my own appointments, either. I just show up when she tells me to show up and basically do what she tells me to do. I'm not sure who's the boss anymore. biggrin.gif


What decade is this? 

 

 

 

You can easily replace her with Siri. 

post #78607 of 85764
It's right along these lines and I've posted about this before. The idiots that give you deliverables right at the deadline and try to get you to sign off on them without proper time to review. No, no, if this is fucked up it's on you so don't look to me to be rushed into blessing it and thus catching backsplash if you've screwed the pooch or acquire a get out of jail free card from me.
post #78608 of 85764
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What decade is this? 



You can easily replace her with Siri. 

Is this really that unusual? Don't people have assistants anymore?
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Is this really that unusual? Don't people have assistants anymore?

My former secretary retired a couple of years ago and it was horrendous to find a good new one.
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My former secretary retired a couple of years ago and it was horrendous to find a good new one.


My old boss had this issue. When he did find a good one, she (always she) started looking for a new job or towards grad school immediately. When you require a 4 year degree for an assistant you have to expect that person to move on pretty quickly. Nobody understood why he had an assistant anyway. He did less work than everybody else in the office. I think it was a status thing for him. 

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When you require a 4 year degree for an assistant you have to expect that person to move on pretty quickly.  

Or you can pay them well enough and give them enough challenges and responsibility that they want to stay. It helps, though, to understand the position. If you higher someone who is a good match for the job requirements and your own work style, it's win-win. If you just hire according to some generic set of criteria like 4 year degree from "good school" > 4 year degree from "lesser school" > AA degree, etc., you may be doing both of you a disservice.
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What decade is this? 



You can easily replace her with Siri. 

Siri doesnt have nice legs. For you and clients.
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My old boss had this issue. When he did find a good one, she (always she) started looking for a new job or towards grad school immediately. When you require a 4 year degree for an assistant you have to expect that person to move on pretty quickly. Nobody understood why he had an assistant anyway. He did less work than everybody else in the office. I think it was a status thing for him. 

I think the key is to hire someone with outside interests that they can't make a livable wage on.

For example, my shared EA does have a 4-year degree, but it is a theater degree and she performs and does stuff on the side. So, while we do try to give them reasonable work (and since they are shared, they aren't just one person's boring secretary), she has other stuff going on. She gets a stable work schedule and pay to support her comedy/acting.

My old EA (who did leave...but left to be an EA at a different firm), I believe had a big interest in playing high-level volleyball, and was even dating a pro volleyball player. You just gotta find someone who doesn't necessarily want a job they can dedicate their life to...they just want something better than waiting tables that can support their other goals.
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My former EA was a personal trainer and serious crossfitter. That was kinda nice
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Just found out that one of my ex-personal assistants has written a tell-all book denouncing me for being hard to work for and distant, unfriendly demeanor. Also accused me of sending her out to buy birds, and then making her return them to the store. (I was telling her to go out and buy byrrh but she kept coming back with birds that's why I had unfriendly demeanor just wanted some byrrh.)
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