I graduated from uni last September. I've got a job as a administrative secretary in finance department. The company is foreign invested and the job is well-paid. Even though being an administrative staff is quite tired I’ve got used to it quite quick. Honestly, I’ve started loving my job, I love giving support to the accountants in my department, I try my best to take good care of them since accountant is a crazy job that often drives people crazy when it comes to closing.
After 6 months working as an administrative secretary, my boss asks me to change my position from a secretary to assistant and asked me to prepare for huge load of work. I was pretty excited at that time. New tasks mean new experience, moreover, I’ve already been able to handle my current work quite well and feel like it will turn boring soon.
I’ve got my work handed over as arranged. Then I started merely sitting in the office every day. My boss didn’t give me any assignment. It has been 3 weeks since the day I finished handing over my job to the new secretary. I’ve started feeling unsecured. The other assistant seems overloaded since he has to work overtime a lot. His major is accounting, hence, I can’t suggest to help him in anything. I don’t want to do it anyway, because we’re not close and I’m not assigned. In this Asian company, it’s really important to not stick your nose to others’ things.
I’m so disappointed. My colleagues ask me to talk to the boss and ask him to give me assignment. I don’t feel like so. I’m the one who is asked to change the position and now I have to ask him to give me assignment? I wonder if he’s trying to imply that I should leave instead of firing me directly!? (***in my country, the labor law doesn't allow employee to fire employer unless he/she commit a crime in the course of working. I know it may sound weird but it's true. Moreover, asian always tends to implying instead of making direct talk. That's why I think he's implying I should quit)
I know I can just find another job. But I’m not satisfied with this ending.
Additionally, he had complained about my attitude when I went to him and said that I would quit after the probation had finished (at that time I didn't like my job and found it nonsense). He think I should have try to make a negotiation/discussion with him instead of being so hostile, coming to him and declared that I would quit.
My boss is a foreigner. We have some significant difference in mindset not only because of culture but also because of generation gap (25+ years older). That's why I've found it hard to make expressive communication with him.
Should I try talking to him directly? If so, how to start the conservation when I cannot start it directly? Or I'd better ask my colleague to help me make it clear?
**personal question: do you think I overthink? Should I enjoy my leisure while still being paid? (guilty me)