“Can I really ask my executive assistant to do that?”
CEOs, executives and managers all over the world have asked me that question. The short answer is, yes. The slightly longer answer is that unless your company policy expressly forbids it, most EAs are ready, willing and able to do almost anything. Here’s the caveat. It’s all good as long as:
1. It’s not illegal.
2. The responsibility or task has been agreed upon as an expectation. In other words, ask her first and have a conversation. To ask first is respectful. To not ask is seen as disrespectful and a set-up for failure. Trust me, asking makes all the difference.
Why is there confusion? Because the role of the EA has changed dramatically over the past decade, with special emphasis on the post-2008 financial meltdown, when the workplace was thrown into the air like a deck of cards at certain companies.
Courtesy of Bonnie Low-Kramen