Weekly Briefing: the latest news for EAs

This weekly Briefing will keep you updated on the latest issues during this unique situation. We include any updates on government support for you and the businesses you work in.

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Do you have a ‘shutdown routine’ while working from home?

Productivity expert Steuart Snooks says you should.

2288026.pngIt’s important to be able to separate your work activities from your personal life, to disengage and re-energise. Our modern technology makes it difficult to ‘switch off’ when leaving the workplace and now it’s even harder if you’re working from home. That’s why it’s critical to have some sort of end of day shutdown routine or ritual and make the distinct mental shift from work to home, especially when the two are now in the same physical location. An important step is the powerful symbolic gesture of actually shutting down your computer. This helps you make the psychological switch from work mode to home life.

Read: What makes a great EA travel manager?

Yvette Simpson, EA at GWA Group, was awarded Travel Manager of the Year at the 2019 Executive PA Awards and took time out of her hectic schedule to speak with our editor about her career journey and what makes a great EA travel manager.

“Time management, detailed information and preparation are key.”


AV1 launches studio spaces for virtual and online events

Audiovisual Production Company, AV1, has launched a number of studio spaces for webcasting, called ControlRooms.

The ControlRooms studios allow presenters to arrive safely to the venue, with minimal contact and cast live to a remote audience.

“With the current COVID-19 pandemic, this is an ideal solution for businesses that are looking to continue communicating with their teams, stakeholders and customers in a safe, controlled way.”

The ControlRooms can facilitate a range of remove events, from a full day of speakers to a virtual meeting or event.

Pay want you want: Zest brings their top-notch menu to your door

Zest, located at the Royal Motor Yacht Club in Sydney, is bringing their menu to you with a new delivery service called Zest HOME.

The initiative is designed to help support their workers who aren’t eligible for government support,  who will bring meals to your door fresh, chilled or frozen.

As an added incentive, Zest HOME allows you to pay what you want for your meal. You can pay cost price, or offer more if you’d like to help support their team.

The menu is available online here.

Accor launches new digital entertainment campaign

International hotel operator, Accor, are bringing their entertainment and experience program, Accor Live Limitless (ALL), online.

The new campaign, called ‘ALL at Home’, will live stream digital content bites themed around Sport, Food and Entertainment for its worldwide members and guests.

Their Facebook & Instagram feeds will feature rigorous fitness trainer-led workouts, exclusive DJ sets playing lively beats, and masterclass cooking tutorials presented by world-leading chefs.

Read: Eight ways to look after your wellbeing while working remotely

Many of you will currently be working remotely as our organisations bring into place ‘social distancing’ measures. These measures, while essential for public health, can be detrimental to your personal mental health says Petris Lapis.

Here are eight things you can do to help maintain your physical, mental and emotional well-being while you are working remotely


‘Like a Sydney Opera House for the Barossa’: $50 mill new hotel slated to be the new South Australian icon

A planned $50 million six-star luxury hotel and day spa at Seppeltsfield is being touted as the new iconic landmark for the Barossa Valley in South Australia.

Marked to open in 2022, the Oscar Seppeltsfield, will rise 12 stories over the valley and include 70 rooms/suites, wellness spa, boardroom and restaurant.

“We wanted to create a national icon for South Australia—a Sydney Opera House for the Barossa,” Seppeltsfield Chairman & Owner, Warren Randall said.

Mantra on Salt Beach completes refurb

Mantra on Salt Beach, 20 minutes south of the Gold Coast Airport, has recently completed a major refurbishment to its spacious conferencing and events spaces.

The main ballroom, which can cater for up to 300 guests, now features grand double-glazed frosted glass panel doors and fabric acoustic walls and benefits from new and improved technologies including fibre cabled internet, dimmable LED light and integrated data screens.

The hotel’s boardroom has also received a makeover.