PAs can help transform the workplace

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Research has suggested that 70 per cent of a CEO’s time could be better used. With this in mind, a personal assistant can help transform a business by using their role as a trusted ally of senior management and urging them to embrace technology which will streamline procedures in the company.

A CEO’s time is incredibly valuable and an executive assistant is key to their boss’ productivity – attending to all the administrative details which will allow them to focus on building the business. However, these business leaders are not always using their time productively. 

The average tech CEO works about 14 hours a day, 300 days a year, which is the equivalent of 4,200 hours annually. Nearly 30 per cent of that time is spent on email and another third gets spent in meetings.

Paul Statham, founder and CEO of Condeco Software, says: “Behind any great executive is a brilliant personal assistant, whose ability to know what is needed to help the business run smoothly can help transform a company. These key members of staff have the ear of the CEO more than anybody else and if they suggest new ways of working it can really make a difference.”

A report from world-leading professional services firm Accenture stated that the next logical step for large companies was to ‘start using technology not just as a way to improve their own internal processes, but also as a driving force for how they grow.’

Leading businesses are undertaking a revolution in their offices by digitising every employee, process, product and service. The Technology Vision survey by Accenture revealed that 62 per cent of businesses are investing in digital technologies, and 35 per cent are comprehensively investing in digital as part of their overall business strategy.

Paul adds: “Technology can help create a more output-driven office but it can also make workplace processes, such as booking a meeting room, more streamlined and easy. These sorts of processes are essential in the running of a business because if they are done correctly they can help bring an end to wasting time unnecessarily.”

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