Whenever my boss wants to deliver bad news to someone, he usually tells me to do it. For example, two people in our office are having very lengthy conversations not related to work. Instead of him just telling them to stop, etc., he will email me and tell me to talk to them and tell them to stop talking so much, even if he is right next to them while the problem is taking place. He just ignores it at that moment.
I have more seniority then these individuals, but I do not tell them what to do, monitor their work, or provide feedback on what they are doing. I keep track of their hours for payroll, make sure they get paid, and tell them what the bosses generally don’t want to tell them.
They tend to listen to me though. Some gradually move back to where we started, and then have to go through it again.
My problem is that it always seems like I am the bad guy when he is usually the one that has problems with everything. However, if there is a raise or bonus to be given, he will always sit down with them for that.
In the meeting, can I say "the boss said..." or do I have to deliver the message as if it is coming from me?