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A memo from Seema Kavi

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Seema Kavi, Director of Quivira Capital outlines the vital role many PAs play in their company’s recruitment process Finding the perfect new hire for a fast-growing team can be challenging, and with business leaders battling full diaries, they are placing even more dependence on their PAs. A 2013 survey revealed that 16% of bosses take […]

PAs and admins worried robots may replace them

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Almost half (44%) of London-based PAs and admin employees fear that robots or artificial intelligence may replace their role, according to new research conducted among 200 support staff in the capital by luxury support specialist the Change Group. This could put further pressure on UK PA and admin roles, which have already declined by more […]

Roundtable discussion

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Editor Amelia Walker hosted the third roundtable discussion with PA Life readers. This sessions topics: The EA/PA debate, the boss/PA relationship, and frustrations in the workplace Amelia: What is the difference between a PA and an EA? Lee: It’s interesting talking to other people at networking events because in some companies I’ll be an EA but […]

TheHRHub launches new service for busy PAs

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A staggering 47% of the UK’s estimated 650,000 PAs and office managers now manage HR on top of their traditional responsibilities. As a result, many PAs feel overwhelmed and worried that they aren’t up to date with employment law, says Claire Ward, HR expert and founder of TheHRHub. According to the latest National PA Survey, […]

What’s in a name?

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PA Life Editor Amelia Walker chaired a discussion at this year’s office* show to talk about the PA job title with assistants from around the world. Molly Dyson provides a summary of the conversation The office* show panel included four international assistants with vastly different backgrounds – Janice Anderson, EA at Odgers Berndtson, who is […]

PA Life panel at office* discusses what’s in a name

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PA Life Editor Amelia Walker took the stage this morning with a panel of established PAs from around the world to discuss “The PA Job Title: What’s in a name?” in front of a packed Keynote Theatre at office*, which takes place today and tomorrow at ExCeL London. The panel featured Amy Marsden, EA to […]

Are you actually ‘assisting’ anyone anymore?

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It’s a strange title, ‘assistant’, says Robert Kenward.  No matter which word precedes it there will always be the archaic connotations whereby people assume you’re a ‘get things done’ person rather than a ‘here are my thoughts’ person. Successful companies recognise the best people to help them move the business forward are those in it […]