Speaking to assistants at the Assist Conference back in February I was surprised at how many of the delegates worked for multiple Executives. I would say the majority worked for two or more bosses. I knew the traditional one on one assistant position was on the decline in most organisations but I thought that the majority of board level Directors still had a dedicated assistants – this just isn’t the case anymore.
You know that sinking feeling when you come back from a long break (Happy New Year by the way!) and you have a vast number of emails to sort through, you have loads of paper work to read and everyone wants you to deal with their urgent issue first?
Over the years I’ve had a number of roles that have required me to work for more than one boss. I’ve been Executive Assistant to the CFO, COO and Company Secretary. I’ve been PA to a Director and Administrative Manager for a whole department. I’ve even been Account Manager for 12 Committees.