Why Hire a PA?– the benefit of having a Personal Assistant
Running a business and/or a busy family and simply not having enough hours in the day to achieve everything can be pretty frustrating. Time management is such a huge component of our everyday lives that finding the right help, such as a personal assistant (PA) can be literally ‘life-changing’!
Let’s look first at the role of a PA and the many different areas where they can make a positive contribution to business life, office, personal and family life.
Is someone who works directly with you on a day to day basis, managing professional/business or personal tasks. A PA will be competent in a vast array of skills that will suit the employer’s particular requirements and will be a person of integrity (able to keep confidential information, confidential) and will be flexible as to the changing demands of the job.
It would be impossible to list everything that a PA might be asked to accomplish as each role is so unique, however there are a number typical tasks that most PA’s could be involved in:
Example of Tasks in a Business/Office Setting (this could be an office at the employer’s home)
- Diary Management
- Booking/Scheduling Appointments
- Travel Planning/Itineraries
- Telephone Liaison/Emails/Correspondence
- Client Liaison
- Office Management
- Personal Matters for example: collecting dry cleaning, post, gift purchases, booking tickets, other errands
Example of Tasks in a Personal Setting (this could just be the employer or employer plus family)
- Household Management (security/ childcarers/cleaners/gardeners/dog walkers etc)
- Scheduling Events (helping plan & book)
- Diarise/manage and maintain the family calendar (appointments etc)
- Travel (business or holidays)
- General Errands /Driving
- Answering telephone
Whilst each role will be different and customised to suit the employer’s requirements, it is evident that there are huge benefits to hiring a PA and not just to make life run more smoothly.
An effective and trusted PA will optimise your ability to focus on your business objectives, allowing you to grow your business whilst they skilfully manage the everyday demands of an office. An effective PA will also facilitate enhanced quality time with your family and the opportunity to develop your own skills and hobbies.
If you would like some advice regarding hiring a PA or indeed would like discuss any options please call us on 02074716000