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Career Clinic: The secretaries in our team wield too much power

Author: Legal Week |

30 Oct 2012 | 12:56

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"My query revolves around support staff. In my team the two secretaries are reasonably efficient, but also quite bossy - to the point of sometimes telling the non-partner producers how to do their job.

"The partner thinks the sun shines out of the secretaries' orifice. It's a bit of a running joke in the firm that in our team the producers work for the support staff, as opposed to the other way round.

"Tips on how to deal with this? Obviously the first step would be a closed-door meeting with the partner, but we need to be careful not to sound too whingey - if push came to shove at the moment we'd half expect to be told to pull our heads in. If the secretaries got wind of that, their prima donna halo would just grow exponentially..."

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