Working well under pressure

Working well under pressure

It goes without saying that at some point in your career, you will have to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines and deal with stressful situations. Although organisations should care for their employee’s wellbeing and strive to create a calm environment, this is not always achievable. There will be times when, even for the most […]

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How should Assistants represent their boss at a meeting

How should Assistants represent their boss at a meeting

I can remember the first meeting I went to instead of my manager was terrifying. It was a last-minute decision because she was running late and I didn’t have time to prepare myself properly. I didn’t do anything in the meeting except take a few notes and agree to report back to my manager later […]

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Moving past a perfectionist mindset to achieve increased productivity

Moving past a perfectionist mindset to achieve increased productivity

As assistants, managing details to ensure things run smoothly is a big part of what we do. We take pride in our detail-oriented nature as it relates to all that we produce, from professional email correspondence to travel arrangements to company-wide projects and initiatives. We are the doers and the boots-on-the-ground, working “in the weeds” […]

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How to work with a boss that wants everything done right now!

How to work with a boss who wants everything done right now!

I was recently reading through the comments on one of the fantastic online networks for EAs when I saw an Assistant had posted a question asking if it was okay to take time off following a knee operation, even though her boss had assumed she would be back in the office the next day! As […]

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How to take initiative when working with a micro-manager

How to take initiative when working with a micromanager

Working for someone who is a micromanager is hard work. There is no denying it, and it is especially true for Assistants. We are there to save our Executive’s time and the organisation money. It is hard to do that part of our job if our Executive is involved in everything that we do. Micromanagers […]

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