Recently I have been spending a lot of time trying to get my home office into a state of total perfection, where I have everything I need to hand, and the atmosphere is one of calm efficiency. Obviously, this is a dream but one I aim to achieve one day. Anyway, I was thinking about […]
Working remotely is becoming more and more common these days and it is pretty likely that many Assistants will have some if not all of their team working from home or other locations. They may even have Executive’s who live in other cities around the world. It can be pretty tricky including remote teams and […]
An interesting bit of research came to my attention recently, courtesy of the BBC website. It concerned the findings of Professor David De Cremer from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School who’d looked into the emotional undergrowth of office email (at least that’s how the BBC put it).
If I had a pound for every time I bit my tongue while working as an assistant, well, I would be a very very wealthy lady! In our role, we are confronted with so many different situations and personality types it can be really difficult to think before we speak. But as assistants this is exactly […]
I recently organised an event for just over 150 assistants in Leeds and Edinburgh, where we showcased loads of office technology that would help Assistants and their Executives be more productive. During the course of the events you would not believe (or maybe you would!) how many of the Assistants mentioned that their organisations didn’t let […]
This is a pretty fundamental question for assistants, isn’t it? How do you make your Executive happy? Some of them can be quite grumpy, can’t they! Aside from a lobotomy, there are a few other options that will ensure your Executive is happy with your performance and I thought I would share a few with you today. […]
The key to success in this role is a great relationship between the assistant and their boss. That kinda goes without saying right? Yes it kinda does… but actually it can be pretty difficult maintaining any good relationship when there are a gazillion other things going on. The day to day stuff takes over and […]
The key to a successful relationship between an assistants and their Executive is having a good understanding of how each other operate. Actually let me rephrase that… the assistant should have a good understanding of how the Executive operates and adjust their style accordingly.