What would your perfect working week look like? Meetings exclusively with potential new clients? No unnecessary sales calls? Two hours free each day when you’re at your most productive? Perhaps, you’d like some time off to exercise in the afternoon or work one day out of the office. Have no external breakfasts and a maximum of two client lunches. In by 8 a.m. every morning, back by 8 p.m. every evening.
Approaching the end of 2017, I knew it would soon be time to leave my 11-month-old daughter at nursery and head back into the ‘professional world’. No more days at the park, baby sensory classes, catching up with other baby mamas for lunch, or just having cuddles with my tiny pal on the sofa. However, I also knew I wasn’t ready to leave her and more importantly, she wasn’t ready either.
WorkLife with Adam Grant is one of my favourite podcasts. Each episode takes a look at an unconventional workplace, such as the International Space Station or the set of a TV show, and explores the different methods and techniques used to make that workplace thrive.
Fast-paced job in a slow-paced setting - how swapping London for Norfolk was the best move I’ve ever made.
“It’s hard to believe the difference it has made, but quitting my office-based PA role and becoming a Fyxer has transformed my life”
- Helen, FYXER
Each year, I make a host of New Year’s resolutions. Each year, I swear I will stick to them. Each year, most have folded by Easter.
That’s why, this year, I decided not to make a short-lived resolution, but instead give myself a mission for the whole year. Something I felt passionate about. Something I could grow with each passing month.
I decided to build a community for Executive Assistants.
2018 is a bitter-sweet year when it comes to gender equality in the UK. On the one hand, it marks the centenary since women (over the age 30) were granted the right to vote for the first time. On the other, it is a reminder that, despite 100 years of progress, there is still a long way to go achieve gender parity.
Maternity leave affects every business in every industry and planning for maternity cover is essential. Up until recently, there had been four principal options: redistribution of work to other team members; ‘acting up’ of an existing employee to cover the requirements; hiring a temporary replacement for a fixed-term or suspending the work of that role.
Now, there is a fifth, which comes without the baggage of the other four. One that has revolutionised the maternity cover market for both executives and team members: virtual assistants.