Employer of the Year category launches for the first time in 2017
Employers in Scotland will have the opportunity to shine for the first time at the Scottish PA of the Year Awards thanks to the introduction of a new category for 2017.
They are being given the chance to demonstrate why they would be the employer of choice for today’s skilled PAs in the new Employer of the Year category.
Sally Lloyd – winner of the 2016 Scottish PA of the Year Award, who will also be on this year’s judging panel – says the relationship between a PA and their employer is very important.
Lloyd, who heads up administration and executive support for CodeBase, said: “”I believe that a good PA is someone who goes ‘beyond their job’ and is happy to take on additional responsibilities, perhaps even outside of work, in order to further their career.”
“So for me, a good employer is someone who recognises that my professional development is equally as important as theirs. I’m very lucky in that my boss will give me time off for other PA-related duties (Lloyd was, until recently, running the Edinburgh PA Network Group), will ask my opinion on people we’ve met or about to do business with, and will also treat me with respect at meetings with colleagues and clients.
“Everyone knows that the best workers are happy workers. Having an open-minded and forward-thinking employer is a big step in achieving that. It’s not just about what they say. It’s about what they do.”
Since winning the award last year, Lloyd has been asked to speak at a number of events, including Guernsey PA Connect, and has received much praise from her colleagues.
She was chosen by the panel for her commitment to the PA profession and for the many examples of how she had streamlined business processes at CodeBase. Her responsibilities have recently increased and she is now more involved in decision-making and direct liaison with management, legal and finance teams.
Other categories in the awards, which form part of the Scottish PA Network Conference in association with Hays, are Best PA Newcomer and Best Event Organised by a PA.
Roddy Adair, Director for Hays PA & Secretarial in Scotland, points to research from Hays that shows that more than nine in 10 (93%) of PAs say their boss couldn’t do their role without them: “The role of a PA is an aspirational career path for graduates and new entrants into the profession. They can command competitive salaries and are often seen as an aide and trusted advisor to their boss. At Hays, we’ve seen demand for PAs and secretarial staff remain steady, and the trend for PAs to expand their responsibilities continues to grow.”
This year’s Scottish PA Network Conference and Awards will take place at the Glasgow Crowne Plaza Hotel on 12 May. The awards will be judged by a panel from the Scottish PA Network and Hays.