Being a good employer: know your role and responsibilities


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Being a DE is a unique situation; you may find yourself employing someone you know well, a friend or neighbour. Separating the professional and personal is an art and it can be learnt. Many people can be an employer, but it takes a certain type of person and a certain skill set to be a good DE. We want you to be the best DE you’re capable of being.


You’re in the right place to brush up your existing skills, and be prepared to learn some new ones. There’ll be insight from existing PAs and DEs, a mixed learning environment with text, video and words to get you thinking and reflecting. The modules aren’t passive – you won’t just be pointing and clicking. You’ll be expected to take time to reflect and think about your own ways of interacting and working, and how you can apply the learning and knowledge on offer.


You need to take these two modules before you can move on to tailoring your own bespoke training package for yourself, if you want to look at further modules. Why is this?


Knowing your responsibilities is something that you should embed, and regularly revisit. There’s always something new to learn, even if you think you’re a pretty knowledgeable employer. If you’re just starting out there is all sorts of useful information and lots of tips within these modules.


You should make sure that you are up to date on your PA’s rights and the legal side of things, too. Finally, it’s important to keep in mind what the role is all about, and that’s why there’s a module on knowing your role – it’s not about what a DE does, but what a DE is. Every role is unique, and no two relationships between a DE and PA are the same.

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    • Module 1: Being a good employer – know your role
    • Module 2: Being a good employer – know your responsibilities

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