Told to go to CEOs home and install his personal PC? lol

By bdskp · boss approached me about an hour ago and told me I needed to go to the CEO's house, about 45mins to an hour away from my house to install the CEO's laptop, connect to to his wireless network, etc.

I've dodged this bullet many times but this time I'm not sure I I need some advice.

I consider this way out of the realm of my job here at my company. Yeah, I know, "duties as assigned" clause in your contract might cover this but in my mind it does not. This is like asking me to pick up his dry cleaning. It has nothing to do with this business or my job.

Now, I could go to him and tell him that this makes me upset, that I don't want to do it, etc...but if I don't go..someone is going to have to. And if my boss has to go, well, that might spell trouble for me.

However, I'm a firm believer in doing what I believe is right..and I do not believe this is right. My question to handle this?

Right now I'm half tempted to sit down with my boss and say "I'm not going, this isn't in my job description and if you push it, I'll talk to my union rep." But I've learned not to act in haste, specially when you are upset.

I'm sure this isn't the first time this has come up and I'd appreciate any advice on this issue.


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by JamesRL In reply to Told to go to CEOs home a ...

I don't see this as a "right" and wrong issue.

Does the CEO work from home on a regular basis? Of course he does. So this is NOT like taking out the garbage or picking up the dry cleaning.

In fact I had to arrange for my staff to do the exact same thing, for a board of directors - people who are not employees, but do participate in Board meetings.

Why does it upset you? I may be a manager now, but I was a desktop tech for years, and I did stuff like this all the time. I still get handed PCs from my regional VP from his house that I fix.

I can see a problem if you are expected to do it out of your personal time, or not be compensated for expenses like mileage.

I've taken computers to managers who were home on long term disability, and set them up so they could start the process of working from home. I didn't have an issue with that. I felt good about helping people.

I've even been sent to customers sites to figure out issues with equipment that had nothing to do with my internal users support job - I felt flattered that someone recognized my troubleshooting abilities.

If you have concerns about getting compensation for it, or being stuck with ongoing support of it(which could be a concern), then talk to your boss.

But personally, I would do it myself without complaint, I have, and I do. But I regularly go outside my defined duties - even as a manager with a staff of 12 people, I've gone to customers to install HW and software, troubleshoot issues, listen to complaints. And I'm not in a support role at all. But I don't regret it, I learn something everytime I see a customer.

I see this as an opportunity. Your business needs to have a secure connection between your boss' laptop when he is at home, and your corporate network. You should learn how best to do that, and apply it.


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Nicely put, James. <nt>

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Personally
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I also concur. Well put ! <NT>

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Personally
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that is assuming tho

by jck In reply to Personally

That what he is installing the computer for is work-oriented.

Being the CEO, I'd install the thing and put the standard work apps and network connectivity on it.

However if he starts asking you to install games for the kids, his personal software, etc., then I'd politely decline and say that you have other things you need to attend to and that you only allocated a short amount of time for it.

Be tactical about everything and polite. If the CEO pushes you to do something not work related, and the company is paying you for work...then you shouldn't have to do it. And if he presses, threatens,etc., talk to your union rep.

Of course...getting in good with the CEO could score you a promotion and brownie points.

So weigh it all out.

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Who is in charge of "allocating" your time?

by jdclyde In reply to that is assuming tho

I would say your boss would be hard pressed to tell you to do anything except keep the CEO happy. Sh1t rolls down hill, and you are at the bottom of that hill.

union rep? ~spit~

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i bet

by jck In reply to Who is in charge of "allo ...

you don't spit like that about union reps when you are around the teamsters who drive the trucks in your construction materials yard, do ya? lol

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by jdclyde In reply to i bet

our drivers are non-union...

We expect them to work for a living... B-)

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have you

by jck In reply to HA!

told them that to their faces?

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by bdskp In reply to Personally

Interestingly enough it is his PERSONAL laptop. He does not connect it with the company network or any such things. It is purely his personal laptop with no company applications on it.

But I guess I didn't say that I stress it enough. However, I have taken your point of view into consideration and there are good things to get from it.

Thanks everyone for your opinions.

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It's how you look at it

by scontiu In reply to Personally

I think it's how you look at it. Instead of looking at it as "servant duty" you could look at it as an opportunity to present yourself and your skills at the highest level of your company. If you show yourself as a competent, happy to help, person, this 40 minute trip out of your way, could very well help you with your next promotion.
I would suggest that you are pulling "servant duty" only when you belive you are.

But then I could be wrong :)

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