Maybe I'm being petty, but my friend and co-worker has, on a few occasions now, asked me to tell our manager that e.g. he's not working today or that he'll be working from home because he's sick or something else came up. This seems a bit abnormal to me.
I did it once as a favour but I'm not comfortable with it. He has appropriate contacts for our manager (I made sure of this after the first time) and it seems like he just doesn't want to have to contact them. As far as I'm concerned it's entirely his responsibility and it feels unprofessional for me to relay the message.
Thinking that his priority should be to let them know rather than me anyway, I've told him that he should probably email our boss "just so that they aren't asking why they're hearing it from someone else".
Could I have phrased that better? How do I politely bring him round to my way of thinking (i.e. that it's him they should hear it from)?
@Lilienthal mentioned in a question that his behaviour would make more sense if the manager wasn't available and my friend wouldn't be able to contact him as soon as he was. In my scenario, the manager (probably) hadn't started work at the time when I was asked to notify them. However, the manager would have been contactable by email (which my friend knows) and there wasn't really anything stopping him from calling the manager in ~20-30 min.