No matter how important a task may be, if you get a mental block, it will continue to sit on your to-do list gathering dust. The great thing about a personal assistant is that you can choose one who has the strengths you yourself lack. If you’re great with numbers but rubbish at writing presentations, a personal assistant can help translate the data into a powerpoint doc for you. If you don’t do spell-check, they’ll catch any grammatical errors.
Executive Assistants touch on all key aspects of a company’s operations, including scheduling, onboarding new employees, managing office perks, implementing processes that affect all employees, designing office layouts, and so much more. In the course of all this work, EAs end up working with and becoming friends with almost everyone at the company.
A virtual PA isn’t like an employee. In that, if you need to switch PAs or even use a couple of different ones for different tasks, there’s no emotional aspect involved. At ibLE, we match entrepreneurs with the best PA for them, but as our Co-Founders know, changing requirements can mean that a different PA becomes more suitable for a more-developed business. In this case, it’s easy to work with the right person for the job.
Agencies who specialize in private assistants have a unique insight into the private staffing market, they can help to advise you on matters such as salary benchmarking and what is the going rate for particular roles. They will also know what skills candidates are likely to have, and where there may be skills shortages. If there is a surplus of candidates with particular expertise then this would likely affect your chances of recruiting.
Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, and Google Assistant are all, to some extent, chatbots. A chatbot is a special computer program using artificial intelligence (AI) that conducts a conversation with people, either via auditory or text input. This is precisely what you do when using Alexa and the other products mentioned. However, none of these apps are as advanced as many other chatbots – they really only give predetermined answers to questions that people ask, rather than using much AI to learn from conversations.