Answering other people mobile phone

@sishy7 (27666)
Australia
April 5, 2013 12:47am CST
I don’t even do that to my spouse’s or children’s phone. At work, when my co-workers are away from their desks and their mobiles happen to ring I’d simply ignore them. I don’t have the slightest interest to answer other people phone. So imagine my shock this morning when my boss handed me his mobile. He’s leaving overseas for a week and he wanted me to keep his mobile. “What am I supposed to do when it rings?”, I asked. “Answer it. That’s why I want you to have it while I’m gone”, he said. It has rung three times since he handed it to me so far. And I felt so awkward every time I answered and the caller expected him on the other end. Things I have to go through for my boss!
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• Indonesia
11 Apr 13
I know my boss' passwords, ATM PIN and I answer his mobile phone too sometimes.
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
11 Apr 13
You're your own boss, aren't you? How've you been? Good to see you here again!
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• Indonesia
11 Apr 13
My boss gives me lift to work and buys me lunch too..... He is my own father :D I miss u and mylot sishy7 *hugs* (Im on mobile phone now, and i dont remember the emoticon commands). I've been busy with work, thesis and have some projects with my boyfriend, hope we can start our own business soon, my bf loves craft as I do and he loves photography....Im thinking to take a beauty class and learn makeup ...perhaps later we can start photo studio business. I have so many plans and ideas, that's why I cant be here a lot. My life has changed a lot, I have so many things to share with mylot members but I'll post it when Im free later. I will try to come here whenever I can.
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
11 Apr 13
I knew he'd be someone very close to you... I'm happy to hear things are going well with you... Seems you have found a perfect match and going into your own business together sounds really exciting. All the best to you always!
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@thesids (22362)
• Bhubaneswar, India
5 Apr 13
Aww c'mon, you have just declared that your BOSS is more important than your spouse and children
@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
5 Apr 13
Are you saying he is more than just a Boss? Maybe..... NOT!
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
5 Apr 13
None of that is even close to reality...
@thesids (22362)
• Bhubaneswar, India
5 Apr 13
Then... I guess you can short circuit the handset and then it wont bother you
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
9 Apr 13
Gee, that's a bit much. I would be very uncomfortable in that situation. Most people would take their phone with them.
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
10 Apr 13
I also think it is too much of him. I am constantly debating with myself whether to answer or not whenever it rings. He did not take his phone because the number is useless while he is overseas; yet, for some reasons he does not want to miss some calls that might be coming to that number while he is away...
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
10 Apr 13
That's ridiculous.I'm sure the callers think so too.
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@jopipay (336)
• Philippines
5 Apr 13
Hi sishy, I just can imagine the look on your face when your boss gave his phone to you..He is the boss, so no choice but to follow him...Good luck on answering all his phone calls
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
5 Apr 13
I can't believe he put me in such awkward task...
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@MissPiggy (1751)
• Indonesia
5 Apr 13
I can understand your awkwardness. I don't like answering people's phone as well because it's none of my business, so when they hand me their phone in hope I would answer, I always feel awkward. Even when I know the person who calls. Well, let's see the bright side of this. Your boss trusts you. So, do your job.
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
5 Apr 13
I've always felt that he trusts me. He goes for overseas trips all the time, but this is the first time he entrusts me with his mobile. It's his personal number too, not like it's a business number or something like work related number...
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• Jacksonville, Florida
5 Apr 13
Yeah that would be an awkward feeling. I would not want to answer anyone else's phone either. I don't even answer my husband's phone, I usually just hand it to him unless he is super busy and tells me to answer it. Other than that, it is his phone-not mine! I would not want to do that either but I guess you have to keep your boss happy!
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
5 Apr 13
I know that he trusts me, but I'd still think it's too much for him to ask... He was leaving in a hurry before he handed the phone to me at the last minute. But as I am thinking about this over and over, I'd say no if ever he'll ask me to do this again next time he is going away.
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@scheng1 (24811)
• Singapore
9 Oct 15
He definitely will not hand over his personal line. Business line is different, because you can be sure that you know most of the business associates. I think your boss wants to have an enjoyable trip, so he does not want to talk about business when he is away.
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
9 Oct 15
You're right. This was over 2.5 years ago, and until now he still trusts me to handle his business (and sometimes even personal) affairs...
@KrauseHome (34994)
• United States
17 Apr 13
Personally, unless I was a secretary for someone, I would not want to be answering their calls for anything. If it was my job, then OK. But no, I do not like answering anyone else's cell phone either, and really feel they are personal property. I don't even check my husbands text messages or Facebook. I feel that privacy needs to be a Trust issue, but with something like your Boss maybe he feels he can trust you so giving you that responsibility is an Honor.
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
18 Apr 13
I am not formally his secretary. But I suppose he trusts me most and considers me as some kind of his personal assistant besides just his staff. It's kind of mixed feelings I am having with that, honored as well as a bit annoyed I suppose.
@ajithlal (14568)
• India
13 Apr 13
I try to avoid answering other people's phone calls or mobiles as far as possible. I think it is good to answer the mobile phone calls of people who does not have problems when we attend it.
@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
14 Apr 13
I suppose so; but I still don't like to do it as misunderstanding can easily happen when we answer other people's phone and that can lead to unnecessary problems...
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
10 Apr 13
Hi, It must be very strange and awkward feeling when you had to answer the calls of your boss's mobile. I also don't give attention when other phone is ringing like you. But you have to keep your boss's phone unwillingly because you could not disobey him.
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
10 Apr 13
He was leaving in a hurry when he handed the phone to me. But if there will ever be next time he'd ask me the same thing again, I'd refuse and disobey him...
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• Singapore
7 Apr 13
Yes it is certainly awkward, I wouldn't like to answer someone else's phone either, but it will be even worse for the person whose phone you are answering right, which shows how much your boss trusts you and that is great!
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
7 Apr 13
Apparently it does not bother him a bit that I am answering his phone...
• Philippines
6 Apr 13
I'd probably feel awkward too f I were you. But why didn't your boss take his mobile phone with him instead? Maybe he didn't want to keep answering people's calls but thinking that not answering would be rude, so he'll just pass the task to you?
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
6 Apr 13
He said something like he won't be able to use the number overseas. On the other hand, he may be expecting some phone calls on that number that he would not want to miss. So at the last minute, he just handed the phone to me in the office yesterday.
@cttolledo (4107)
• Philippines
6 Apr 13
Your boss trust you so much!
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
6 Apr 13
No kidding!
@youyun (25)
• China
6 Apr 13
Your boss does trust you!But since this is his personal phone,why won't he just turn it off. I don't like answer other people's phone either. I don't know what to say when answering other people's phone.It's so awkward! It seems you have no choice but answer it.
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
6 Apr 13
I figure he may be expecting some phone calls and wanting someone to take messages. I have not been answering his phone this weekend though... There are like 10 missed calls so far and I don't know any of the callers.
@dagami (1163)
• Rome, Italy
5 Apr 13
it is bad manners to answer others' cell phones however if you've been told by your boss to answer his, then it is ok. he could be expecting an important call during his absence and it is important that someone would get the message for him. unless someone calls during the wee hours in the morning, i suggest you keep answering the calls and taking messages until he arrives.
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@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
5 Apr 13
I may not like doing it, but I suppose that's what I'll have to do...