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Mar
0

Dear Miss Know It All

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Dear Miss Know It All,

I work in someone’s home. I take care of them and their estate actually and it’s really a beautiful place to work. My office looks out on an amazing garden, and the people I work for are really pretty nice. That said….I hate to smell their cooking! Would it be wrong to say something about it?
Because we are in the hills, going out on my lunch break rarely happens so I eat at my desk. They make really spicy food and also a lot of fish, which in particular I just have an aversion to these aromas.
Now what?

Caught in Calabasas

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Feb
0

Dear Miss Know It All

Dear Miss Know It All,MKIA

Do you have any advice or tips for living would be helpful to me right now? Anything you suggest to get me moving in the right direction away from the negativity I work around every day (working with grumpy people) would be much appreciated.

Lost

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Jan
1

Dear Miss Know It All

Dear Miss Know It All,MKIA

I may have done something stupid. Need your advice. When my boss travels, I make his hotel reservations. I never book them under his celebrity name. We actually use his birth name. For example: Cary Grant’s real name was Archibald Leech. So if this was for Mr. Grant, I would book it for Mr. Leech. Well, recently we had a really busy week involving sick pets, broken down cars, an some kind of virus on the computers. It was just one of those crazier than normal weeks. For some reason, I booked his recent hotel under his real name. Eek!
Now he is there and people are calling him at the hotel and finding him because of this! I mean, this isn’t Tom Hanks we’re talking about, but still, if I told you his name, he is famous enough, that this shouldn’t happen. I feel like an idiot.  How do I make this error up to him when he returns next week?

Not Thinking

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Nov
1

Dear Miss Know It All

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Dear Miss Know It All,

I was recently hanging out with a bunch of personal assistants and we were discussing the unique qualities one has to have to survive working in the environment that we work in. The most interesting trait we all dis- covered we have in common is the ability to multi task. But not just the usual “doing more than one thing at once”, but more, doing a lot of different things at once even if we don’t know how to do them. Does that make sense to you?

Hanging in Hollywood
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Aug
0

Ask Miss Know It All

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Dear Miss Know It All,

When is it appropriate to complain about how one is treated? I recently was asked to set up a photo shoot for the boss at his home. He had an interview with said folks the day before and they decided to come back to just do photos. Everything was handled, as usual, through me. I had been talking to these people for weeks before the interview so we knew each other.
When the crew arrived, I greeted them and asked some questions and had the usual chit chat that happens when these things are being set up. The boss was there and I think felt invisible so he huffed off to his office. I had the crew start setting up and I went upstairs to see when the boss would be coming down for the shoot.
Boss said: “When you are done playing with them, I’ll emerge.” WTH? I wasn’t “playing,” I was doing my job! I of course immediately responded that I was done and the shoot went smoothly.
But…you knew there would be a but...I felt slapped down. Any advice?

Put In My Place

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Jul
0

Ask Miss Know It All

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Dear Miss Know It All,

I work in a production office with other assistants. I recently saw an email I don’t think I was supposed to see, and found out that I am not making as much as another person in the office. I have been here five years and she has only  been here one year! Do I talk to my boss about it? I am just so confused about what to do.

Feeling Deflated

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Jun
0

Ask Miss Know It All

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Dear Miss Know It All,

I want to go from working full time to working part time, but I love my job. How can I get my boss to let me change my hours? The good news is that I have a significant other that brings in a good income, so making this switch won’t hurt my pocketbook too much. And I have been at my job for over 10 years. I feel like I have a good chance of asking and getting what I want. I guess I’m just nervous about asking.

Missy Independent
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Apr
0

Miss Know It All

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Dear Miss Know It All,
When is it appropriate to tell your boss to leave you alone and when should you just answer their requests? Example: I was watching the Academy Awards a few months ago which is always held on a Sunday night. As the awards started, my smart phone goes off and I pick it up to see an email from my boss. What was so pressing she couldn’t wait to tell me on Monday morning? A box of hair dye! She wanted me to order her a special box of hair dye. I am not joking. Of course at 9:00 pm at night I answered the email and said “I will handle it.” Should I have ignored this until the next day?
Working 24/7
Dear Working,

Oh dear. Unfortunately, some bosses do want an immediate response, but on a Sunday at 9:00 pm you didn’t have to answer unless it was an emergency. I sometimes will receive an email late at night to let me know something needs to be handled BEFORE coming in the next day. That makes sense. The order you were asked for is odd, but a simple email back saying “OK” is all you needed to do. No need to drive yourself crazy with this.
As the British say,keep calm and carry on.

MKIA

Mar
1

Ask Miss Know it All

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Dear MKIA,

Usually I read your column and nod in silent agreement with the questions and the answers. Usually the questions are about real life events that touch close to home — mainly my home away from home — my job.
So today I find myself in a strange position. I am writing to say I actually have been of late getting along with my boss really well. This is leaving me a bit unsettled. I guess my question is this: will the magic last?

Happy in Hollywood

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Dec
1

Dear Miss Know It All

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Dear MKIA,

l am not sure if you can even help me with my frustration at work but here it goes! My boss recently had a routine teeth cleaning scheduled with her longtime dentist. Unbeknownst to me, she had also scheduled on her own a follow up meeting with her dentist to talk about prior dental work and the future. I got a call the day of the appointment to say the doctor wouldn’t be there, however, the dental tech who was ready to do the cleaning was, so I kept the schedule as it was and didn’t say anything, thinking it wasn’t important. Well, you know what happened next, of course. Boss lady gets there, finds out the change while sitting in the dental chair, and gets up and leaves, refusing to have her teeth cleaned. I get ripped later at the office when she returns for not telling her the doctor wouldn’t be there.
This kind of stuff happens all the time and it just frustrates me and makes me question why I still come to work every day. Help!

Am I Too Sensitive

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