Ask Someone Else's Mom by Susan Writer

Once a Receptionist, Always a Receptionist to Boss

DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: I work at a small family-owned company that manufactures and sells custom window treatments. My first job here was as a receptionist. A few weeks ago I was promoted into sales. The potential of the move was why I took the job in the first place.

While I really like the job, my boss, who is the owner’s youngest son, treats me like I’m still the receptionist. He talks down to me and acts as if I’m incapable of learning anything new. If I didn’t hear from the other salespeople that I’m doing really well and have picked up on the job faster than most people they’ve helped train, I’d begin doubting myself.

I don’t know how to convince my boss he’s wrong about me, and I’m a little intimidated because he’s the owner’s son.

How do I manage to get him to respect me without jeopardizing my job? --- MOVING UP

DEAR MOVING UP: Some people are slow to keep up with changes, and it sounds like your boss is one of them. The best way you can prove yourself is to continue doing your job and doing it well.

It might not hurt if your more established coworkers put in a good word for you, either directly, or by just happening to praise you within your boss’s earshot.

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