As a personal assistant you’ll have a unique relationship with your employer. You’re supporting them to do the things they’re not able to do and although this can feel like a personal relationship, it’s not. Remember you’re the employee and you need to remain independent and professional.
It’s important to understand the impact that certain circumstances may have on your employer, for example, if you don’t or can’t turn up to work. There are times when being a personal assistant could be personally difficult or emotional, particularly if it involves working with a person at the end of their life. It may feel like you’re supporting your employer’s family as well. As such, there may, from time to time, be
problems with the relationship between you and your employer. Any problems should be addressed properly and as laid out within the terms of your employment contract. You should discuss how issues can be addressed early on in your relationship with your employer
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