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?
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