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That said, it used to be that part of a secretary or assistant’s daily responsibilities included making coffee. No one really questioned it. You just did it.
But times have changed. Even entry level jobs these days require a college degree. Many “Gen X ers” and “Millennials” find “getting coffee for the boss” to be something that is – well, how can I say this nicely? Beneath them. To quote a poster I once read, “For this I spent four years in college?”
In a recent informal survey, I found that a number of my friends are still expected to get coffee for their bosses. It has nothing to do with their years of experience, salary, or educational level. Getting coffee and lunch is considered a part of the support they were hired to provide.
But every cloud has a silver lining. As unexciting as getting coffee may be, office coffee has gotten a lot better than the old days. There used to be just the silver foiled packs with a ten cup portion of “any old coffee will do” and a “Mr. Coffee”® (and I’m not talking the “Mr. Coffee”® of today which can be quite fancy and elaborate).
Today’s options include automatic coffee machines, such as, Keurig, Flavia and the new Starbuck’s “Grind and Brew” which makes one cup of freshly ground and brewed coffee at a time. And we’re not just talking Columbian – there’s your dark roast, light roast, half-caf and the list goes on.
If you’re lucky, “getting coffee” involves running down to the local coffeehouse to pick up a latte or espresso or something fancy for the boss lady. You may remember the scene from the book, “The Devil Wears Prada,” when every time the assistant had to make a coffee run for her boss, she would buy an extra frappucino for the homeless guys on the corner. It’s also good to get away from your desk, take a walk and get some exercise.
I, personally, have no issue with getting coffee for the boss or clients. I’m versatile. And besides, no one likes a good cup of coffee better than me. You might say I’m bringing home the bacon and frying it up in the pan – or in this particular instance, serving up the coffee and bringing home the bacon. It’s a win/win.
Dorothy Stewart is a freelance writer and coffee lover who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She blogs at http://perkdup.blogspot.com.
Photo by Marcelo Alves.