What is a virtual personal assistant?

A virtual personal assistant is an independent professional, providing administrative services out with the office environment. A virtual personal assistant often works from home or anywhere suitable, making them a useful, flexible resource for many companies.

July's Remote Working News

Welcome to our July news summary – an opportunity to look back on the highlights from this month regarding remote working and the impact of culture.

What impact does culture have on organisations, small and large?

Often the happiness and well-being of employees is treated as a secondary issue for HR to manage and not part of the core company strategy. Your staff are here to work so as long as deadlines are met, the rest is admin and white noise. Well here at SmartPA, we respectfully disagree. Culture is so crucial to your business performance, its importance cannot be understated.

Promoting a healthy work-life balance

Employers have only recently started to realise the importance of balancing both lives and the difference it makes to the workforce and to their overall objectives. In this piece, we examine the importance and benefits of promoting a positive work-life balance. We’ll also offer some tips on how employers can encourage a healthy balance between both.

June's Remote Working News

Welcome to our June news summary - your chance to look back over some of the stories that caught our eye from the last month regarding admin and the benefits of remote working.

How SmartPA Support Your Business

The development of our Partners is important for us and we are always supporting them in building their own virtual PA business. We have created this handy infographic, outlining four of the main stages involved in your business development. Our business support team will be involved with you every step of the way.

The 'Ikea Effect': flatpack furniture or the future of your career?

Today, we’re thinking about the ‘Ikea Effect’ - the idea that something has perceived extra value because you have made it yourself.

Exclusive webinar with SmartPA founder, Sarra Bejaoui

Being busy and understaffed is often dismissed as just part of growing a business but it can be incredibly detrimental to deadlines and staff morale at key stages of growth.

SmartPA catches up with Suzie McCafferty, Chairperson of the Scottish Franchise Forum

We caught up with Suzie McCafferty to talk all things Partnership, franchise and why SmartPA is a great choice for your future...

Growing An Eco-friendly Office

As a business owner, there is a responsibility to ensure that you and your team are part of the environmental solution, not the problem. We have noted some recommended small steps you can take to reduce your office carbon footprint.

Avoiding An Overwhelming Workload This Summer

As an employer, there’s not much you can do about staff holidays. However, there are some things you can do to avoid an unproductive and stressed office during the summer months...