MT agony uncle Jeremy Bullmore

Help! My boss is elbowing into my romantic weekend

My boss has invited himself to stay with my boyfriend and me on our New York holiday

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 29 Sep 2014

Q. My boss is renting out his New York apartment to me and my boyfriend for a week in November. It now turns out that he has to fly over for a meeting and wants to stay in the spare room for one night. It’s not exactly the romantic trip I’d hoped for and it all feels terribly awkward. Help!

Jeremy says: It only feels awkward because you’re embarrassed that your boss is inadvertently intruding into your private life. And that’s pointless.
So be very pleased to see him when he flies in. Welcome him to his own apartment with a special New York City cocktail. Have a delectable supper waiting. But don’t for a moment offer to give up your/his bedroom: that could make things unnecessarily awkward and he certainly won’t expect it.
You still have a whole week minus one evening to enjoy your romantic holiday.

Jeremy Bullmore is a former creative director and chairman of J Walter Thompson London. Email him your problems at editorial@managementtoday.com. Regrettably, no correspondence can be entered into.

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