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11th November 2013 From India, Mumbai
My views are different from legal angle. Mr Saikumar has given views on legal aspects. Now let me say something from career point of view. Let me ask some basic questions like what is your age, what is the length of your experience and what is your qualification?
Why Executive Assistants are hired? How are they different from Office Secretaries? Have you given due thought to these two questions? If not, then let me help you in answering them.
Executive Assistants are hired to reduce workload of the Directors. While Office Secretary does the mundane jobs of typing, maintaining office etc, he/she may not be competent enough to handle high level of work of the Director. Ideally this gap is filled by Executive Assistants. Are you doing job of this kind where one requires knowledge of industry or knowledge of management science itself?
Most directors' transcends across the functions like Purchase, Finance, Marketing, HR etc. Obviously they cannot restrict their work in the eight-hour work formula. Spill over beyond the specific working hours is obvious. Since Executive Assistants get exposure to the decision making process of the highest level, they are expected to put up long working hours without grumbling. Since you have started questioning legal aspects of working hours, it appears that you are not finding much value in what you are doing. Now this is your call on how to derive benefit from your position and improve your own decision making capabilities. Will this varied exposure not be conducive to your growth? One fine day will it not help you to get into the shoes of Director?
Dinesh V Divekar
11th November 2013 From India, Bangalore
11th November 2013 From India, Ahmadabad
As Mr.Dinesh V Divekar rightly pointed out, your working hours totally depends on the work profile entrusted in you. Moreover, In this computer age no company requires any clock watching employee, as we have to be competent in the field. Once your boss is satisfied with your performance during initial stage, say the first one year, even your boss can be given you some relaxation in timings etc. For all these, you have to be more competent as you are working as an "Executive Assistant" to Director, which is not comparable with other employees.
13th November 2013
13th November 2013 From India, Bangalore
While I agree with all the above observations and suggestions, I stronlgy feel you have a different role to play in the organization compared to other office staff.
You are hired for a different purpose to share work load of Director and ensure his smooth role in the organization. Certain roles cannot have fixed work hours , though I sound unprofessional fromt he law point of view. Responsible roles job scope is something beyond normal scope
and expectations are very high, To meet these expectations you need to go an extra mile , then only you will be succesful in your career, hope you got the message ! happy working !!!
20th November 2013 From India, Hyderabad
Your timing should be one hour before your boss arrive and half an hour after he leave. it should not be less then 9 hours.
you are working as senior professional not regular worker of company. be proud of it.make contribution with growth chart rather time limit chart.
Capt Rajeshwar Singh
20th November 2013 From India, Thana