So to prepare, I’ve already pre-ordered To My Assistant: Things I'll Never Do to You, But Many Other Crazy Bosses Will by Lydia Whitlock. The author’s an Ivy League grad who found out the hard way that life as a Hollywood assistant was light on glitz and heavy on abuse. Instead of wallowing in her sorrows, she created the popular blog ToMyAssistant.com, where she’s compiled a list of things that she promises never to do her assistant—based on the horrific things that real bosses have been known to do.

 

Sort my M&Ms by color! Play Rock Paper Scissors with the other assistants to decide who goes on a lunch run! These are the sorts of soul-crushing requests that Lydia has vowed never to make. So if you’re having a bad day at work, reading a few pages of this book will have you feeling better in no time—at least your boss isn’t that bad. Plus there’s plenty of great advice for managing-up, that rare skill of encouraging your boss to bend a little, before you finally break. Anyone who’s had a boss, or even been a boss, will find a lot to laugh (and cringe) about in To My Assistant.


Tell Me: What boss horror stories have you experienced or heard about?

Comments
by Moderator dhaupt on ‎04-17-2013 09:41 AM

I recently was listening to the radio,  they were discussing this book and listed a few of the things that employees actually at their bosses request. So I just went up to my boss during the day and told him that I put a limit on purchasing an assault rifle for him so never to ask me to do it :smileyhappy:

by Greytgreys on ‎04-17-2013 11:58 AM

Years ago, my boss asked me to get him invited to a huge meeting that was happening in a few days. After I asked if he could be invited and the other parties said yes, he asked me to get it moved because he had a haircut at that time. He was dead serious!!!

by Thebookfinder on ‎04-17-2013 10:19 PM