Please help a disgruntled secretary before she goes postal.
June 23, 2010 6:02 AM Subscribe
I'm a legal secretary at a Big Law Firm, and was previously assigned to two attorneys, Sam and Sarah. Because my workload was light, I accommodated each of Sarah's requests as best I could (Sam is every secretary's dream, and requests very little assistance). To my own fault, I spoiled Sarah, enabled her laziness, and now find myself stuck in a hole. I've been assigned a new attorney, Scott, who is both new to the firm and has a large docket. My workload has increased substantially - Sarah is used to getting her way, and Scott has deadlines coming out of his ears. I need advice on how to get a couple points across to Sarah and Scott.
posted by anonymous to human relations (23 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Please help me say the following in both a firm and professional manner:
- Due to my increased workload, I can no longer do this insanely easy task that you are just too lazy to do yourself. I may have done it in the past, but things are different now. Do it yourself. 99% of the other attorneys in this firm can handle this by themselves.
- You are not the only attorney I'm assigned to. Your assignments get balanced with everyone else's. Deal with it.
- Sending me multiple emails about the same thing does not magically make me work faster.
Basically, I need to better assert myself to both, remind Sarah that she is not a special snowflake, and prevent Scott from becoming like Sarah. Please feel free to email me at: email@example.com.