There is a great deal of incredible Personal Assistants to choose from. Settle with one that promises to be a good match for your tasks and needs and you are off to the races…
While dropping everything off on the to-do list of your PA sounds easy and simple enough, it’s that very speed and ease of task delegation that might not be the best way to get most out of your assistant. The level of comfort and personal nature of this phenomenon makes it difficult to keep this relationship labeled as business and organised. Within an office environment there are predictable standards on how to work with an assistant, but in the case of a private PA there are few blurry lines. Furthermore, the longer you employ a PA, the more you get used to the presence of such 24/7 assistance, the more distant the original role definition will become.
To ensure the quality of your PA support here are two things to consider which you can strongly influence. It’s important to conduct a timely reflection on whether the support is still up-to-date, valuable and relevant.
Is it worth your time?
If you catch yourself doing tasks that you might easily delegate to a Personal Assistant, have look at why you are still performing them by yourself. Is it a routinesque task or something you don’t know if your PA can handle? Once a year, or more often, evaluate your doings and make a list of things that you would like to delegate (not specifically with a PA in mind).
The easiest way to know if it will be profitable for you to outsource a task is to A. Determine if what you are doing can ONLY be dealt with accordingly by yourself and B. Whether your hourly fee is the best price you should pay for this task to be completed. The answer should be obvious.
Let your PA go over that list first and cross off things that they might take over. Should anything be left on that list, ask your PA to find an appropriate resource. I bet your PA will be willing and delighted to adopt most of them.
Ultimate PA proof: You know your PA is a true professional when THEY will come to you with that list of extra duties. They monitor your doings on a daily basis; so they will know when you don’t spend your time effectively or efficiently. Also, by delegating more important tasks and projects to your PA – you will elevate their spirits and improve your relationship. It’s a sign of trust and recognition that is so desirable for a PA.
Your PA is not a secretary!
Nowadays, PAs are hybrids of multiple professions. Most highly recommended Assistants have a high education degree and multiple skills and talents. They usually have a history of intense practical experiences and see their positions as career paths instead of just a job. They are ambitious and willing to learn, they strive to provide better support and become as valuable to you as you might wish.
Nowadays, you can even demand your PA to become familiar with a particular topic such as social media, household staff management or image consultancy. We see ourselves as your valuable behind-the-scenes powerhouse, so make best use of it and let us support you to the fullest.
Ultimate PA proof: You know you have gold on your hands when your PA will come up with new technologies to make your life easier. When they will ask to accompany you on certain trips or meetings to be fully informed on the developments. And, occasionally, they will ask for a budget to follow some trainings or courses to learn something new (and they will present it in terms of benefits which YOU will experience).