In my blog, Are You Talking to Other Employers?, we considered The Execu|Search Group’s caution to employers that overworked, under-appreciated and currently employed Executive Assistants and Administrative Assistants represent the employee group most frequently approaching Execu|Search with a career change in mind.
Caruso noted, “… one executive assistant might have to do the work of two or three. Therefore, highly talented administrative professionals are coming to me overworked, stressed, and discouraged.” As Caruso explained, “Most of my candidates looking for new jobs feel they don’t have the opportunity to tell their employer they don’t feel appreciated or have too much work. Their employers typically don’t find out their EAs are unhappy until they give their notice.”
Caruso suggested managers invest time to evaluate their EA’s workload and initiate regular meetings to touch base. A suggested in my earlier blog, that should be a given, no matter how demanding the workloads.
As assistants of whatever stripe, though, we have equal responsibility for
open communications with our boss.
If you’re among the highly talented Adminstrative Professionals (APs) considering leaving your current employer, pause and collect your breath. Assess the landscape, internally and externally. Recognise that, like you, your boss is dealing with multiple demands on her/his time. I’ve said it before, and stand by the statement that an exceptional EA makes the impossible look effortless, so perhaps it’s time to outline just how your contribute to your boss’ success. If you’ve been engaging in regular journalling, you can readily call attention to your accomplishments, contributions and challenges.
In discussing concerns with your boss, you have a responsibility to also identify prospective solutions, rather than limiting your input to a review of the issues at hand.
If you’re overworked and knocking yourself out trying to make things work, stop and carve out time for a conversation outlining just what you do within the given limitations. This may well be the right time to make a move; if so, carry on. However, it may be that having a constructive discussion with your boss can lead to identification of solutions, such as modifying your schedule, bringing in additional support staff, separating the necessary from the “good to have” contributions you make, or other options.
This may (or may not) be the time to negotiate adjustments to your current compensation package, which your employer may find more attractive than the assorted costs associated with replacing you. Whatever the outcome, you can move forward knowing you’ve given it your best.
You may also be interested in …
- Are You Talking to Other Employers? (exceptionalea.com)
- Is your Executive Assistant Happy? (execu-search.com)
- Your Personal Brand: What Does Your Voice Say About You? (exceptionalea.com)
- Introverts, Extroverts and … Ambiverts? Know Yourself, and Those Around You (exceptionalea.com)
- Ready to Begin Journaling? Here’s a Template (exceptionalea.com)
- Journaling as Career Development (exceptionalea.com)