In the current economic climate, bosses who feel stressed should trust their PAs more. That was the message from many Executive and Personal Assistants when asked what New Year’s resolution they would give to their boss.
Office support recruiters Crone Corkill recently sponsored the NSPCC PAmper event, where bosses show their appreciation for their PAs and EAs with a luxury afternoon of pampering, exquisite food and a champagne reception – and all in aid of the charity.
At the event they asked what habits PAs would most like their bosses to change in 2009. Unsurprisingly, comments were varied but a large majority said that they should entrust their PAs with more responsibility. “You are only one person, you can’t do it all so relax,” said one respondent while another commented “Trust me enough that you don't have to check every 5 minutes that I've done the task!”
Some bosses must be doing everything right as over a quarter said that they wouldn’t want their boss to change. However there were some other, more lighthearted requests, including: “Invest in a crystal ball for your PA”; “Stop asking me to think up excuses as to why you are late for meetings” and “Stop meddling in your diary - you are not qualified!”
“It’s great to see that PAs have such strong relationships with their bosses, - they are obviously concerned about them working too hard and want that extra responsibility - and they are more than qualified to take it!” comments Tracy Durrant, Managing Director of Crone Corkill. “It’s also important to remember that the little things can make a big difference to how you are perceived.”
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