Make friends with your stakeholder’s PA

7 September 2012
Rebecca Ellinor, managing editor, Supply ManagementPersonal or executive assistants – PA or EAs – in the UK believe their role in the workplace is more important than ever. Escalating workloads, evolving jobs and greater responsibility mean that are now increasingly dynamic members of their company’s management teams. That’s the finding released this week following the annual National PA Survey. Diversified Business Communications UK, who carried out the survey ahead of National PA Day next week (12 September), found the position has grown in significance over the past 15 years. It is worth procurement remembering the key role they play when trying to establish links with stakeholders. As a senior buyer told me earlier this year, PAs can be of great help when forming relationships with hard-to-reach stakeholders. They often manage diaries and are aware what’s coming up and who the key contacts are, so hold a wealth of valuable information. As the profile of PAs grows, purchasing should be sure to make friends with these key players in their organisation.
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