Manager : What about the cheque I gave you yesterday, did you post it or not?
Accountant: I gave it to the office boy! I don't think he posted it. <correction>
Manager: Why would he do that?
Accountant: I haven't had time to ask him if he posted it or not. He is and was very busy.
Manager : Then you should have ordered him to post the cheque. You are, after all, the accountant, and it's your responsibility to make sure the cheques are posted. So, find out where the cheque is, please.
Accountant: I will, and in all fairness, I didn't feel it was appropriate to order him to do anything, let alone post the cheque. He tells me he was appointed as an office boy for the executive secretary only, but that when s/he was on vacation leave, he was given work by the assistant manager, and now that the excutive secretary is back and is giving him his usual workload, the assistant manager is still giving him work. The office boy said he is unable to work under three or more superiors. So, you see, given the circumstances, how could I have order him to do anything?