With the unprecedented Covid-19 situation, executives are rightfully adopting new ways to look after their company and employees. However, juggling new responsibilities and ways of working with existing business demands can be stressful and time-consuming, so executives also need to think about how to take care of themselves.
No matter their size or industry, the coronavirus situation will affect each and every UK company with circumstances changing on a weekly basis. With no guarantee of when the situation will dissipate, the only certainty is that businesses need to adapt to survive.
In the 1960s, sci-fi films predicted the world would be threatened with robots, Martians and extraterrestrial predators in the 2020s. In reality, we are still faced with a more pressing threat: gender inequality.
In the modern executive assistance market, there is a common misconception: you either hire a full-time, internal assistant or you embrace a flexible, external solution. In fact, there is a third way; one which brings the best of both worlds.
When it comes to executive support, many people think there is a binary choice between hiring an in-house EA and employing virtual support. In fact, combining the two can bring a number of benefits to your business. Our Fyxers, for example, perfectly complement internal support teams to enhance the productivity of an executive, their company and the assistants themselves. Here’s how.
What would your perfect working week look like? Meetings exclusively with potential new clients? No unnecessary sales calls? Two hours free each day when you’re at your most productive? Perhaps, you’d like some time off to exercise in the afternoon or work one day out of the office. Have no external breakfasts and a maximum of two client lunches. In by 8 a.m. every morning, back by 8 p.m. every evening.
2018 is a bitter-sweet year when it comes to gender equality in the UK. On the one hand, it marks the centenary since women (over the age 30) were granted the right to vote for the first time. On the other, it is a reminder that, despite 100 years of progress, there is still a long way to go achieve gender parity.
Maternity leave affects every business in every industry and planning for maternity cover is essential. Up until recently, there had been four principal options: redistribution of work to other team members; ‘acting up’ of an existing employee to cover the requirements; hiring a temporary replacement for a fixed-term or suspending the work of that role.
Now, there is a fifth, which comes without the baggage of the other four. One that has revolutionised the maternity cover market for both executives and team members: virtual assistants.
Every executive experiences peaks and troughs in workload. A new project coinciding with a regulatory deadline. A slower month during summer school holidays. The in-tray of an executive can change week-to-week, so they should have an assistant that ebbs and flows with them: not full-time, not part-time, but their time.