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Assistants Kindly Request That You Stop Calling Them Assistants

The title, responsibilities—and salary—have shifted since the pandemic.

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Before the pandemic, executive assistant Yasmin Chung managed thousands of meetings right from her desk at the office, keeping a watchful eye on conference rooms, attendees and her bosses—one of whom was the ceremonial lord mayor of London. Today, her job is often virtual.

“Sometimes my boss sends a last-minute Slack message if a meeting is running over, but it depends on how easily he can message to tell me,” Chung said of her EA gig at Juro, the legal-contract platform where she now works. “It’s a bit harder to anticipate where people are. I do feel more tied to a screen.”