Delegation

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being told to delegate:

My boss has asked me to delegate work to my coworker. He has asked me to do this before but I haven’t as I didn’t feel right about it. When she heard of this she was very angry and told me we have the same job, so there is no way she would be delegated to by me. We both have the same job title, but I have been there longer. Usually he would delegate to both of us so it was never an issue. He told me today that basically I was his assistant and the other coworker will be my assistant. I have no choice – my boss told me I have to delegate. I am unsure how to go about delegating things to her without her getting angry at me. I also consider her a friend. Any suggestions?

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