One of the reasons I started my administrative and personal support company is that I believe it isn’t ethical for C-suite executives to add personal tasks to executive assistants’ to-do lists. Executives are using company funds to pay EAs to do personal work; further, the practice puts the company at risk in terms of public image should private information leak. What do you think?
Company leaders should focus on creating optimum organisational performance and success. An EA supports that objective by decreasing the boss’s distractions and helping increase their productivity. C-suite leaders need to make sure EAs are engaged members of the team who feel that the aggregate of what they do has meaning and adds value to the business.
Ethical considerations show up in situations where there is a lack of transparency and respect; leaders can avert these problems through an awareness of how they treat their team and how they communicate.
From the outset, leaders (or anybody who conducts job interviews on their behalf) need to be transparent and clear about their expectations for the role – including whether personal tasks are involved. Leaders who work to unite each team member in service of the organisation’s purpose and make EAs and others feel valued, help drive the organisation to optimum performance.
Gael O’Brien is publisher of The Week In Ethics and founder of coaching/consulting firm Strategic Opportunities Group.