Which administrative task or responsibility would you like to see disappear?

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Which administrative task or responsibility would you like to see disappear?

Question: “Say your boss came to you tomorrow and said that starting in the new year, one and only one of your admin tasks is going away forever—and you get to pick which it is. What would it be, and what is it about that thing that you just can’t stand?” – the editors of Administrative Professional Today

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15 thoughts on “Which administrative task or responsibility would you like to see disappear?”

  1. Afterhour board meetings! I have 2 Quarterly afterhour board meetings that go on to 9 PM with doctors who can’t stay on topic. Staying to take minutes for those I would gladly give up 🙂

  2. Linda, St. Louis, MO

    It would be filing. When I was being trained by the retiring Executive Assistant, she shared that filing was something she didn’t like. After doing this job for four years, I agree with her. It’s the one thing I procrastinate about. But, it’s something that’s important to eventually get done. Once it’s caught up, I always feel better.
    Happy filing, everyone! 🙂

  3. I know it would not be possible but I so need a break from scheduling meetings…then rescheduling meetings…scheduling a meeting to discuss what is to be discussed at an upcoming meeting…scheduling a meeting cause you can’t walk down the hall and talk to the person right now…squeezing in a meeting knowing full well the executive is not going to make it on time and will need to reschedule it…being creative in making an 8 hour day fit a 12 hour schedule…and then ordering food for these meetings on a budget from the 1950s.

    Yes, it has been a long, long, long meeting scheduling week.

    1. My Dear Robin: I do feel your pain. Scheduling the meetings are ok, but it’s the RESCHEDULING that gets me. Especially when I scheduled it the first time, it was oh so very important to get it on the calendar ASAP. I have to move meetings around to make it happen, then on the day of, “reschedule this meeting, I will not be available to attend”. At the end of the day I tell myself this is what I’m being paid to do, so let me do it well. Hang in there.

  4. I am a school treasurer. I do MANY things not in my job description. The one I would love to see disappear is having to cover the front counter & phones each week.

  5. Ordering items. It’s not so much putting it into the state ordering system, but all the hoops you have to jump through, procedures to follow and the busywork it makes.

  6. I would pick manual filing. It is such a tedious and involved task, yet the value it brings, in my opinion, is minimal. I would always rather have someone do all my manual filing to be honest. it’s the one task I am forever procrastinating about.

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