She runs your calendar like clockwork and anticipates your every need. He makes your coffee just the way you like it and has the papers ready for your next meeting before you’ve even asked for them. He gets you out of meetings that you don’t want to attend and she reminds you of your wedding anniversary.Sounds pretty reliable, right? According to findings from Time etc, however, one in 20 small business managers said that their PAs have had sex and one in ten had done drugs in the office. Nearly a quarter had leaked confidential information, while 15 per cent had used the company credit card for personal use. Filmmakers have had great fun with the sometimes difficult relationships between bosses and their PAs. In The Devil Wears Prada the young assistant of a nightmare fashion magazine editor finds herself close to stabbing her boss in the back, while the 1980s hit movie Working Girl saw an ambitious PA played by Melanie Griffiths exact revenge by pretending to be her superior after she was admitted to the hospital due to a skiing accident. If you’re a celebrity you might feel even less comfortable about trusting your PA. The assistants of the rich and famous frequently spill the beans about the bizarre idiosyncrasies of their bosses. Most recently Lady Gaga’s Girl Friday is suing her former employer and has revealed how she was “required” to sleep in her ladyship’s bed “because she didn’t sleep alone.” Read more about PAs:
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- Here’s to the great assistants of the world: We all need a Jeeves sometimes
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