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All I do is manage spreadsheets


Q - I applied for a job as ‘Sales Director’, but all I do is manage spreadsheets, it doesn’t seem like the job I applied for.

A - On the assumption that it is not your idea to manage all these spreadsheets, why are you still doing it?  In my view you have two choices.  You can do the job you signed up for, and see how your boss reacts (it is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for approval!).  Or you can sit down with your boss, tell them why it is demotivating and how you want things to change. Finally I think you will need to take into account that some management of spreadsheets IS part of your role. Of course if neither of those work, there is always option 3 - there’s no point wasting time doing a job you don’t enjoy!