Research suggests that 70% of a CEO’s time could be used better. And the secret weapon to allow them to have more time to transform their businesses has been revealed, Personal Assistants.
Personal Assistants have been found to be an executive’s best asset when it comes to encouraging and implementing technology in day-to-day business.
The average Tech CEO works about 14 hours a day, 300 days a year, which is the equivalent of 4,200 hours annually. The remaining 30% of time is taken up by responding to emails and being held in meetings.
Paul Statham, Founder and CEO of Condeco Software, agrees that PA’s passion for everything digital has the ability to make or break a leading CEO. He says: “Behind any great executive is a brilliant Personal Assistant, whose ability to know what is needed to help the business run smoothly can help transform a company.
“These key members of staff have the ear of the CEO more than anybody else and if they suggest new ways of working it can really make a difference.
“Technology can empower collaboration in the workplace and also make the days of rooms sitting unused or constantly being double-booked a thing of the past.
“It’s time for businesses to reimagine the way its employees work. To increase productivity, enterprises must create a digital ecosystem in the office, one that is intrinsically linked to the way employees work with the aim of boosting greater collaboration. This must also be integrated into their core business processes.”
A recent report by Accenture, the professional services firm agreed, claiming that the next logical step for large companies was to “start using technology not just as a way to improve their own internal processes, but also as a driving force for how they grow.”
The same report, The Technology Vision survey, revealed that 62% of businesses are investing in digital technologies, and a further 35% are investing in digital as part of their all-encompassing business strategy.
Statham further adds that by incorporating technology in day-to-day business activities, CEO’s can make good use of their working day. He said: “Technology can help create a more output-driven office but it can also make workplace processes, such as booking a meeting room, more streamlined and easy. These sorts of processes are essential in the running of a business because if they are done correctly they can help bring an end to wasting time unnecessarily.
“It can also create a good impression to visiting business leaders – if a PA can quickly check a computer, point the businessman to a correct meeting room, which is digitally signposted and equipped for the meeting, then the company will look incredibly efficient.”
Chris Brauer, Director of Innovation at Goldsmiths, University of London, also seems to be in agreement, having spoken out recently about the impact wearable technology will have on business. He wrote: “Here isn’t a competitive sports team in the world that doesn’t adopt high-end analytics tracking the athletes on the field, off the field, at home, when they’re sleeping, when and what they’re eating.
“The workplace is heading towards that model.”