Many types of jobs have transitioned to remote work as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on. Executive Assistants are no exception. But how can someone who is so ingrained in the schedule and daily working life of their boss, executive, or CEO do their job properly from home?
It’s not as hard as you might think. Here are a few tips on working remotely as an Executive Assistant:
1. Check-in regularly.
Maintaining effective and frequent communication with your boss is key now that you’re working from home — it’s just as important, if not more important than it was before. You need to be on the same page with your executive, and any other team members you interface with, in order to do your job effectively. Be sure to decide on communication preferences and tools early on in your remote transition: Will you call your boss directly? Text? Email?
2. Live by the calendar.
It’s your job to know what your own schedule holds, as well as your boss’s, days in advance. Your calendar was important before, but it’s especially so now that you’re not in physical proximity. Prioritize the schedule above all else so that nothing gets missed, and try setting up reminders so that you have a safety net of sorts.
3. Use technology to your advantage.
Automate whatever processes you can in regards to your specific job, as that can take a lot off of your plate and free up extra time. Use technology like messaging apps to maintain effective communication with your boss and other team members. Try video messaging apps like Zoom to maintain a face-to-face relationship with your boss and team, even when you’re all working remotely.
4. Show your value.
Just as you did back in the office, take steps on a daily basis to go above and beyond, and really show your value to your boss and the company as a whole. Anticipate things in advance and take care of problems before they arise. It’s the little things that make all the difference and ingrain you in the company for the long-term.
5. Maintain boundaries.
It’s far too easy to let work take over your life when you’re in a remote setting. But it can quickly lead to burnout. Be sure to set clear boundaries upfront — set regular working hours and step away from your computer or work phone after a certain time. Take frequent short breaks throughout the day so that you don’t become overworked. You’re still allowed to have a life outside of work, even though you’re working at home!
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