In my small office myself and a male colleague do a similar job for the same wage and we’re both in our twenties. One day recently when he was out of the office, I answered his phone. It was a client trying to rearrange a meeting with my colleague. I took the message and told him my workmate would ring him back. Standard office practice.
That afternoon, when my colleague returned, he rang the client back. The client told him “I spoke to your secretary earlier today…” in passing. Instead of correcting him, my colleague continued the conversation and took great joy out of relaying the story to me afterwards.
This has now been a running joke in the office since. Apparently if I answer his phone, that automatically makes me his secretary, not his equal. Even though I don’t find this funny, its #MFIF
Helen S, UK