Whether you are a real food connoisseur, or you just like to dine in great restaurants, staying on top of all the latest restaurant trends can be difficult. Where ever in the world you live, there are new, exciting restaurants opening up everywhere to give you unforgettable culinary experiences. But it is difficult to find all these restaurants, let alone get a reservation sorted. The trick, first is, to know about and find them; and then secondly, to secure a reservation.
Both can be challenging, as with a busy lifestyle you might not have the time or the connections to stay on top of all the information, nor would you have time to harass a bookings team to get one of their popular tables.
Did you know there are ways to land a seat in the best, new restaurants, without it costing you any time or effort?
We will share the PA industry’s best kept secret.
Doctors and Physicians are busy individuals. Regardless of if they are working for the NHS or running their own private practice, they will have busy schedules and limited hours. Their skills will lie in the physical treatments and patient care, but as we can all imagine in this modern day and time, the amount of paperwork which goes with the physical treatments is huge.
From arranging patient appointments through to renewing the prescriptions, insurance and booking conferences, the Dr, Physician or Surgeon’s diary is very busy! So how can an executive assistant help a medical professional?
In a complicated world, accidents can happen. Staff can let you down, and there can be issues in the workforce. It is vital both as employer and employee, or self-employed individual, that you have the right protections in place. After all, you only need insurance when you need it, and if you don’t have it you can open yourself up to many future problems. It is always better to err on the side of caution.
So what insurance do you need for a personal assistant?
When looking to recruit for a position, it is important to clearly define the job spec and establish what you are looking for. One question that is commonly asked is the difference between personal assistant and executive assistant – is there one?
Yes – there most certainly is! And depending on which you are looking for, will affect the applications and in turn the suitability of the candidates.
So what is the difference between personal assistant and executive assistant?
You’ve decided to hire a personal assistant. Great! Now you need to decide how much to pay them.
Salaries will vary from country to country. As we are based in London, UK, we will give a British rate, with guidelines for international countries. The salary you pay will of course vary depending on the overall package provided (is this a full time live out PA? is this a full time live in? Do they work flexi-hours and remotely?).
Here is our guide on how much to pay your PA, and the variables to take into consideration.
The relationship between the executive and their assistant is a partnership like no other. Regardless if the relationship is focused on the corporate world, the personal or a mixture of both. The relationship between PA and principal or PA and executive is an intricately woven relationship.
The assistant or PA will often get to know their executive on a more personal and private level and have a core understanding of the needs required to ensure they can provide the highest level of support to them. Regardless of the stage of the relationship you have, if you are just entering into a new one or your relationship is well developed, these 5 executive assistant tips can help deepen and strengthen your relationship, ensuring that you continually improve and retain your PA.
If you or a family member/close friend has a disability, did you know you can get a Personal Assistant specifically to help out? Whether you would like someone to help out for a couple of hours a week, or for someone to be full time by you or your loved one’s side, having a specific Personal Assistant for disabled and special needs can make an enormous difference in day to day life.
When dealing with your personal assistant it’s vital to give feedback. After all, if you don’t provide feedback to them (both good and areas for improvement), how will they improve? The skills for feedback is an important skillset to have, for your own personal development in leadership and to ensure you get the most out of your staff. But giving feedback to employees is not as easy as you might first think.
No one can read minds – so it’s important you give feedback to reflect a truthful and honest perspective. But remember, your truth might be different from others, so tread carefully.
Here are our top 10 ways of giving feedback to employees, including your personal assistant – making them the best personal assistant they can be.
Admin, admin, admin. Every mother knows the feeling. Along with potentially working full time, or having a busy schedule, the need to complete admin for the family can be overwhelming. From organising playgroups, volunteering in school clubs, packing a school lunch through to arranging your children’s haircuts – and that’s not including all the home admin from booking the car for a service through to taking the dog for his checkup. It can sometimes feel like an uphill swim!
So what is a mum’s helper or mother’s personal assistant or family assistant?
Emails are a blessing and a curse. On one hand, we can exchange instant information to people, knowing that within less than a second important information can be shared. Yet, on the other hand, it often massively inflates a number of notes we write. Emails can be sent with one word or picture, what would previously have been written in a letter, can take the space of 10 or even 20 emails.
There is a difference between being responsive and being reactive. Nowadays we are mainly stuck in being reactive, dealing with hundreds of emails, trying to get on top of our inbox, and even by good organisation and filters, we still have mounds of emails to wade through each morning. So what can a good PA do for your emails?
First, you need to delegate.