It could be seriously damaging your business.

Warsha Joshi is the founder and managing director of Platinum VA and Chief Executive Officer of Expressions Arabia. Joshi set up Platinum VA in 2010 to provide Virtual Executive Assistance to regionally based consulting firms operating in the GCC.Known as a highly accomplished entrepreneur, Joshi works with corporate leaders to build the skills and culture needed for change to become part of the corporate DNA, creating agile, collaborative and engaged teams. Her experience with clients in a variety of sizes and sectors gives her a broad background for developing practical solutions that deliver significant results.

Any employee that wears too many hats runs the risk of a quick burnout.

An employee in this situation first loses focus of the priorities in their role thus spending more time fire-fighting, while trying to keep up with all tasks that need to be completed.

The reality is that a situation like this is both inefficient for the company and very stressful for the employee.

The too-short, frantic workday is not a recent phenomenon—but it’s gotten much worse over the past few years, thanks to the growing complexity of global organizations; an increasingly competitive marketplace; the pressures of economic uncertainty; and the rapid-fire, always-on nature of digital communication.

And since adding more hours to the day isn’t a feasible alternative neither for employers nor their employees, it will likely continue to get more hectic from here.

Statistics show that on average office workers spend around fifty hours each week on work, while more than a half of them even log into work outside of business hours every day.

While employees want to concentrate on their core tasks they are often given other assignments that may not be directly relevant to what they do. While companies are trying to cut costs, it may be damaging to both organization and its members in the long run.

So what is the solution?

Outsourcing is set to change the future of the way traditional business operations, and it is important to educate continually the decision makers on how this business model can bring huge cost savings for their companies as well as increase productivity of their team.

As the mindset of change and adaptability comes about, the virtual business support industry is settling in.

The main responsibility of a virtual assistant is to support busy mid-level employees with various daily tasks (such as operations support, agenda planning, email management, tracking projects, refining presentations and reports, invoice recording, etc.) streamlining their performance and leaving them more time to focus on achieving goals.

Time is money, and when so many hours are wasted, and employees are exhausted, especially in a corporate world, companies start looking at ways how to keep non-core costs to a minimum and increase employee productivity.

Quick tips to ease your workload:

  • Delegate, delegate, delegate
  • Build a team of highly skilled professionals with local knowledge
  • Drive business growth by letting it go (trust some tasks to be done by reliable partners)

Effective delegation, prioritizing, constant improvement of yourself and your team will ease the pressure on your business and motivate your team to achieve better results at the same time enjoying what they do.