ALL year long, they work hard to make the boss’s life easier and more organised – they ensure he turns up at meetings prepared, delivering promised documents on time.
They are unofficial travel agents who organise flight and train tickets, they oversee catering for business lunches, arrange the Christmas party and even organise the dry cleaning of shirts and suits when necessary.
Personal assistants are at the hub of the day-to-day running of most businesses.
They make the bosses look good and themselves look all but invisible.
Well if you are a boss now’s your chance to thank your PA. A tiny thank you gesture like making the tea will do but you don’t have to stop there.
Next Wednesday, April 20 is national PA day, and the one day of the year when bosses are being asked to be particularly kind and understanding to their personal assistants.
The Aberdeen PA website and Thorpe Molloy Recruitment are particularly keen to promote the day locally and are encouraging PAs to draw their bosses attention to it and bosses to get behind it without too much persuasion.
Rosemary McLennan, who set up Aberdeen PA last year as a resource for North-east PAs, will be setting up a page on the website so PAs can post pictures of their bosses marking the day by making the tea.
“We want it to be a fun day with lots of great pictures. We’re suggesting bosses make the tea but they can go in for much grander gestures to show how much they value their PA and the work he or she does throughout the year,” she said.
“PAs are amazing people and are so often taken for granted.
“Aberdeen PA will be offering a prize for the best picture submitted on the day.”
Recruitment specialists, Thorpe Molloy Recruitment, are supporting the day because PAs are often taken for granted.
Their teaboy-in-training, operations manager, Simon Warner, explains: “Personal Assistants are often the most trusted employees in a company and work as an indispensable team member in every industry.
“The role usually requires constant interaction with people so as well as communicating professionally, good PAs need to be able to remain calm under pressure, be tactful, multi-task and take initiative to solve problems.
“Frequently, PAs will work for more than one boss, at least one of whom may travel extensively, which means being a ‘virtual’ assistant which can require strong technology skills too.
“There’s no alternative to hard work when you are a PA.
“Your day can often be long and tiring, but very varied and challenging too. Because PAs can often be taken for granted, we’d like to encourage everyone who has a PA to celebrate National PA Day by taking five minutes out to make them feel extra appreciated.”
For more information, visit www.aberdeenpa.com.
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