Getting coffee is really just the tip of the iceberg. What most admins are asking about is running personal errands for your boss. Getting coffee, picking up lunch, dropping off dry cleaning. You all know the kinds of things I’m talking about. I’ve talked about running personal errands before. While many bosses are hesitant to ask their admin to run personal errands for them, other bosses think it is a requirement for the job.
Is it a devaluation of our skills? Does it show a lack of respect on the part of the boss to ask us to get coffee? It depends on boss. Most bosses understand our value and are reluctant to waste our time on such errands. On the other hand, some bosses consider us lackeys. We exist to do what he wants when he wants. But does that mean we shouldn’t ever run personal errands for our bosses?
Let’s break our job down to its core objective. Administrative and Executive Assistants, at their core, exist to make the boss’s job easier and more productive. If getting a cup of coffee or picking up lunch allows her the constructive time she needs to work on a project, then being the best coffee maker or getting that food meets our core objective. It is, indeed, part of our job description.
As I said earlier, I don’t think most bosses disrespect what we do as Administrative Professionals. Some, however, do. I don’t think the issue for any of us is getting coffee. It’s being respected for the highly skilled professionals that we are. If your boss doesn’t respect you, it won’t change if you refuse to get his coffee.
If your boss respects all that you do, I can’t imagine you would have a problem getting the coffee occasionally. At least that’s the way that I feel. For a boss who respects and values me and my work, I’d do whatever he needs to help him be successful. For a boss who doesn’t respect me and my work…well…let’s just say I’d be looking for another job rather than worrying about the details.
Do you get coffee or run other personal errands for your boss? Why or why not? Leave a comment and let us all know how you feel about this topic.