Business and company owners have a hectic schedule ahead of them each and every day. If not handling the meeting, they are busy juggling other critical tasks to keep their company running. However, even the savviest business person could not work continuously for more than eight hours a day and handle all the heavy jobs in maintaining the stability of the company.
They need someone that would handle tasks, organize, and remind them of what they need to do for the day. This is the role of secretaries and assistants.
Whether for business or personal contexts, assistants are employees who manage and arrange their employer’s day to day routine.
Personal assistants run errands; arrange travel matters such as buying plane tickets, reserving hotel rooms, renting vehicles, and arranging activities.
They can also provide localized services such as recommending a different route to work, pay bills, purchase and sell stocks, and even reminding employers about personal and special events and occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.
Traditionally, office assistants have their own workstations. These are usually found in the same room as their employers, or outside of their office where they serve as the front desk.
Assistants in the Age of the Internet and Virtual Reality
In the age of the internet and social media, everything can be done in the span of seconds. There are now mobile applications that can remind people of what they are about to do for a day. Reservations and paying bills can be done with a computer or even a mobile phone. Birthdays, anniversaries, and other special gatherings can be put to a phone’s calendar and an alarm or notification will be set.
Even though other devices can somehow replace some of an assistant’s work, humans cannot replace machines because someone is needed to operate the computers and phones. In fact, with the help of the internet, assistants can still be able to report to their employers even when they are in a different location or even at home.
The Rise of Virtual Assistants
Because of our modern technology, there are now virtual assistants. Virtual assistants are like assistants that can be seen in the office, the only difference is they are working on a home office. They use emails, Skype, Google Voice, and other machines such as a fax machine.
Because virtual assistants are independent contractors rather than employees, clients are not responsible for any employee-related taxes, insurance or benefits, except in the context that those indirect expenses are included in the VA's fees.
Virtual assistants can be hired; one of its benefits is saving office space. If you want to know how to have good working relations with your virtual assistants, you should check this infographic from OVA virtual.