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Optimizing Your Assistant's Time: Maximizing Efforts for Greater Impact

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This blog has been originally published on the Remote First Recruiting site

Having an executive assistant (EA) who can effectively manage tasks and support your goals is a game-changer for any founder. To elevate your relationship with your EA and maximize their efforts, it’s essential to build a strong partnership, communicate clearly, and delegate tasks that align with strategic priorities. Here’s how to get to the next level with your EA.

Elevating Your Relationship with Your EA

To move beyond a transactional relationship with your EA, focus on building trust and fostering open communication. Regular check-ins and feedback sessions can help. Share your vision, company goals, and personal work style preferences. By aligning your EA with your strategic objectives, they can better anticipate your needs and take proactive steps to support you.

Practical Tips for Effective Collaboration


From the outset, be explicit about your expectations and preferred ways of working. Create a detailed onboarding document that outlines key tasks, priorities, and your preferred methods of communication and reporting. This clarity helps your EA understand how to best assist you without constant oversight.


When assigning tasks, provide context and explain why the task is important. This helps your EA understand the bigger picture and see how their work contributes to broader goals. For example, instead of simply asking for a meeting to be scheduled, explain the purpose of the meeting and its expected outcomes.


Encourage your EA to make decisions within defined parameters. Trusting them with decision-making authority on certain tasks can save you time and empower them to take ownership. Provide guidance on what decisions they can make independently and which ones require your input.

Transitioning from VA to EA-Level Tasks

To transform your assistant's role from a virtual assistant (VA) handling basic tasks to an executive assistant (EA) contributing to strategic initiatives, start by gradually delegating more complex responsibilities.


Look for areas where your EA can take on more responsibility, such as project management, client communication, or data analysis. Assign tasks that require critical thinking and strategic insight.


Invest in your EA’s development by offering training and resources. This could include courses on project management, communication skills, or software tools. The more equipped they are, the better they can support you.


Establish a feedback loop to continually assess and improve their performance. Regularly review their work, offer constructive feedback, and discuss any challenges they face. This ongoing dialogue ensures they are growing in their role and aligning with your expectations.

Implementing the Transition

In practice, transitioning your EA to a more integral role involves a few key steps. Begin by delegating smaller, strategic tasks and gradually increase their complexity. For example, you might start with having your EA handle routine client communications, then move on to managing client projects, and eventually involve them in client strategy sessions.

Optimizing your assistant's time and maximizing their efforts involves building a strong, trust-based relationship, setting clear expectations, and progressively delegating more complex tasks. By empowering your EA and fostering their growth, you can transform their role into a strategic extension of yourself, driving greater efficiency and impact within your organization.


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-Krista & the RFR Team✌️

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