Guest blog written by Sophie Thomas, Meetoo. 

With the rise of dispersed workforces, remote working and a myriad of ways to stay connected 24/7, executives and therefore, their assistants are rarely offline. Office managers, EA's, PA's and VA's responsibilities are forever expanding. Often these roles include elements of event planning and co-ordination of in-house meetings through to all-hands and companywide conferences, as well as overseeing management information systems, data analysis and also include HR responsibilities too. As well as managing a busy workload, assistants and office managers need to maintain and build an ever-broadening skillset and office* is the perfect place to do just that and here’s why:

 

Learn:

As well as complimentary keynote theatre sessions, paid for CPD training is also available at the show. Office* offers 4 separate theatres where delegates can be inspired with new ideas or concepts, as well as share their own thoughts and experiences, thanks to interactive Q&A with Meetoo. Some sessions that caught our eye include: ‘How to hold breakthrough conversations in the workplace’ by Kassam Jaffer, ‘Get a grip on meetings, (and help your boss achieve their goals)’ by Helen Chapman, ‘The PA as an event organiser’ by David Lovett-Hume and ‘Save 90 minutes a day using Outlook’ by Paul Pennant. Taking time out of the office can be hard, so the organisers of office* have carefully curated a mix of the best speakers to talk on subjects that will speak to the most common interests, issues and areas of development for EA's, PA's and VA's. See the full timetable here.

 

Network:

Assistants and office managers are by nature incredibly busy people and office*18 is built with this in mind. Whether in a busy office or working remotely, the life of an EA can sometimes be isolating. Get the confidence you're on the right track or to try a new approach by chatting to thought leaders or finally grab a coffee with your peers that you keep meaning to meet up with. The office* exhibitors form an eclectic mix, covering all aspects of the life of an EA. With everyone under one roof, office* is the chance to ask those burning questions and get the tools or knowledge that you'll need in your armoury for 2018. As office* is co-located with International Confex and the Event Production Show, it’s ideally placed to for visitors to hit all 3 shows in one day as your office* badge gives you access and allows you to really make the most of your day.

 

Avoid burnout and overwhelm:

As an assistant or office manager, remaining on top of everything is a huge task. Wellbeing and managing stress at work is a topic that is becoming a top priority, and rightfully so. Office*18 have a dedicated wellbeing theatre on Wednesday 28th with sessions on stress management and creating a health-conscious working environment. Our experience of working with professionals responsible for employee communications has shown us that providing a platform for managers and employees to communicate, share their opinions and feedback and engage in a safe and accessible way, is paramount to employee satisfaction. Doing so also increases productivity and ultimately has a positive effect on the business bottom line. More and more assistants are now involved in an HR capacity at work and using a simple and accessible communication tool like Meetoo for internal communications meetings can help make EA/PA's lives easier, not only when a meeting is in session, but also in helping with preparation and reporting, saving valuable time. To find out more about Meetoo, come and talk to us on our stand.

Office* is the perfect opportunity to find new tools to make your working hours more productive and hopefully less stressful. Entrance to office* is complimentary and you can register here. Don’t forget, your show ticket also grants you access to International Confex and the Event Production show.

 

Sophie Thomas is the Marketing Automation Manager for Meetoo. A self-confessed gadget queen and social media geek, she loves tech and has an app for everything.