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Time to go a little more on the offensive. Schedule a 1:1 or use an existing 1:1 meeting (if you have it). This needs to be talked in person. Ask your boss point blank: "Do you feel that I spend too much time on side activities?" If they say "yes" ask for specifics: "I really need to understand what exactly that means: can you give ...


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I see several possibilities here: your boss is concerned about your level of productivity, and is trying to help you (by identifying ways to eliminate activities that they see as distractions from your main duties) indirectly without being confrontational ("your current level of productivity is unacceptable"); your boss is satisfied with your ...


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Could be a matter of optics: if your boss has to tell the Big Boss that a given deadline has to be pushed (for any given reason -- may have nothing to do with you) and then the Big Boss sees your boss's employee (you) at an optional event, the Big Boss could come to the conclusion that noses aren't sufficiently to the grindstone. Since these optional events ...


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You could write your boss a calm and polite email expressing your concerns, something along the lines: "dear Boss, it seems to me that you have concerns about my work time. Is there a reason for those concerns? Are you unhappy with my contribution?" Your boss is worried about how you spend your time, so talk about that, what in particular is he ...


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You have told him multiple times. He still complains. This means that he doesn't like it since you have disregarded his suggestions. You cannot tell him to stop. You can either follow his suggestions or complain higher up.


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I'm going to take a slightly different tack than the other answers: I think that the problem here is what your boss thinks about the nature of one or more of the other tasks. In any large organization, particularly in the current year, there are going to be any number of company-sponsored events that are, for lack of a better word, "hokey". Well-...


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I had a similar situation at work one time. I got an memo on my desk that was basically "you are doing non work again?!" The work concerned was needed, and as in your case, greatly outweighed by work done over lunch and after hours - and he knew it. I wasn't quite furious at it, but it was close. I was a senior manager sorting out his own self ...


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Trying to manage your boss like an employee is a risky proposition It looks like the boss wants hands on keyboards* 100% of the workday, with little to no side activities. Is the boss right? No. Are you likely to change your boss's mind about this, even with facts and logic on your side? No. But you are likely to make your boss progressively angrier, and ...


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