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.
The role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) varies from company to company, but its fundamental importance never wavers. In the modern world, a CFO is no longer just responsible for balancing the books and the ever-increasing facets to the role explains why so many are turning to executive virtual assistants.
It is a common misconception that virtual assistants are the preserve of entrepreneurs and small-business executives. However, some of the world’s largest firms have turned to the remote assistant model. Why? Well, because it makes sense.
Imagine the scenario: it’s Monday morning and you’ve just sat down at your desk. To-do list is long, but manageable. Sifting through emails, the to-do list grows, whilst time ticks down. Finally, you get cracking with task number 1. The phone rings, a client wants a document touched up. Another client messages asking for a strategy call before lunch. A reminder pops up to send out invoices. As the day wears on, it becomes impossible to get into stride. No matter how hard you work, the to-do list continues to grow, setting the tone for the rest of the week.
Hiring an employee can be a time-consuming lottery. From analysing requirements and posting an advert to filtering applications and conducting interviews, the entire process can take months, without the guarantee of a perfect fit.
The world of remote assistance can seem like a minefield. With a myriad of similar-sounding titles such as virtual PA, business concierge, part-time administration support and online secretary service often covering the same job description, it can be difficult to pinpoint what a remote assistant actually does. Especially if you are new to the remote assistance game.
There is a strong chance you’re reading this blog as you have heard about the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant. Whether it’s the range of skills, the efficiency savings or the peace of mind that has piqued your interest, your decision to take the plunge will ultimately boil down to cost. Is it worth the money?