An Extremely Difficult Task

To say that it was a bitch of a job would be to put it mildly.  I had been asked by an ex-employer to talk to his messenger about her personal hygiene habits.  I didn’t know this young woman; I had never met her.

I had worked for Mr N for several years as his personal assistant.  I had arranged his daughter’s wedding, bought birthday and Christmas presents for his wife and generally made his life run smoothly.  So when this problem arose he immediately thought of me, so sure that I could solve it.

What to do?  First I had to meet this young woman and set up some sort of rapport with her.  I wasn’t looking forward to it I must say.

The day duly arrived and with much trepidation I entered the office.   I knew the team and spent a few minutes catching up.  This served a good purpose; the girl could see that I was liked by the team and got on well with them.

So having settled down with a cup of coffee I began by introducing myself and telling her a little of my time with the company.  Then we switched to her.  She was not very forthcoming about her life or her upbringing and so I turned to the job.  I asked how she enjoyed what she was doing and what her plans were for her future.  She told me she enjoyed the job but hadn’t given any thought to the future.

I explained to her that she was the first point of contact for many people.  I stressed how important it was to dress appropriately and to be very careful of our hygiene manners so as not to offend anyone.

She looked a little embarrassed and asked if I thought she should buy an anti-perspirant.  We discussed this and she agreed to buy it.  So while this was a bitch of a job it had good results and we kept in touch for several years.

Trifecta tricycleThis is my entry in this week’s Trifecta Challenge.  The challenge as stated is:

And now we move on to this week’s one-word prompt.  Apologies in advance to those who are easily offended, though I imagine if you stuck with us through our TrifeXXXtra erotica challenge, we probably won’t scare you off now with a little mild profanity.

This week’s word is:

BITCH (noun)

1: the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals
2 a : a lewd or immoral woman
b : a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse
3: something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant
Our response must be between 33 and 333 words and we must use the 3rd definition..If you want to know more about Trifecta or join in the challenges click on the tricycle above or visit http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com.  Good luck, it’s fun to try the challenges.
For Your Information this really happened.
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29 responses to “An Extremely Difficult Task

  1. Gosh, I utter the word damn in my blog and here you are saying “bitch”. What is the world coming to? lol! What a hard job that must have been. It sounds like you handled it well, though. And you kept in touch for several years–that says a lot.

  2. I sometimes just give baskets of deoderants as presents for Christmas. It gives the message.

    • The company needed and instant fix so they called me in. I have a store of jobs they involved me in long after I left their employ. Thanks for dropping by and comment.

  3. Well, there are two jobs I would not want!

  4. Sounds to be like you handled this with grace and care. Kudos.

  5. Your boss knew you’d be the best person to handle this delicate situation.

  6. Haa! This situation arose in our company and I can see now the one advantage of being the boss …. being able to delegate such tasks to other employees!!

  7. Wow, what an awkward assignment. Glad it worked out well. Just goes to show we never really know what challenges really turn out as positives.

  8. how awkward that would be. great post.

  9. This is always a difficult subject to broach. As an employment counsellor, I often have to take individuals aside and explain that they are probably not getting offfers of employment due to their poor presentation/hygiene. You handled it very well. It is often because they don’t have a mentor.

  10. well done – in a difficult situation 🙂

  11. I have to say you handled that situation really well. Many could take a leaf out of your book

  12. A touchy issue but handled very well with finesse,by you:-)

  13. You handled that delicate situation well. I don’t think I would’ve liked that part of the job very much either!

  14. Nicely handled. 🙂
    I had to let a slightly over familiar male member of staff know that he needed to keep a little more distance between us this morning. It went surprisingly well … until I fell through the door in my rush to make a quick gateway. 🙂

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