What is an Executive Assistant?
WorkLife with Adam Grant is one of my favourite podcasts. Each episode takes a look at an unconventional workplace, such as the International Space Station or the set of a TV show, and explores the different methods and techniques used to make that workplace thrive.
Fast-paced job in a slow-paced setting - how swapping London for Norfolk was the best move I’ve ever made.
“It’s hard to believe the difference it has made, but quitting my office-based PA role and becoming a Fyxer has transformed my life”
- Helen, FYXER
Each year, I make a host of New Year’s resolutions. Each year, I swear I will stick to them. Each year, most have folded by Easter.
That’s why, this year, I decided not to make a short-lived resolution, but instead give myself a mission for the whole year. Something I felt passionate about. Something I could grow with each passing month.
I decided to build a community for Executive Assistants.
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.
Holidays should be spent with the ones you love, not Microsoft Office. Feet up on the sofa, not crouched below a desk. Yet, for many executives, holiday periods, such as Christmas, can be frantic. Social and business commitments fighting for prominence. End-of-year deadlines looming with a skeleton team. It can feel like more hassle than it’s worth. If this sounds familiar, then a virtual assistant could be the perfect tonic.