29 Helpful Tools Every Executive Assistant Should Know About In 2020


As an Executive Assistant, the number of hats you wear knows no bounds.

Managing your exec’s calendar, coordinating travel, planning events… the list goes on and on.

While there are countless productivity tools out there, researching them all might require more bandwidth than you can afford.

After all, you still have to… you know… do all the things.

That’s why we vetted tons of the best Executive Assistant tools and softwares out there to bring you a curated list of the top 29 resources we know will make your life easier.

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EA Tools For Multitasking and Organization

1) monday.com

“The Work OS that powers remote teamwork.”


monday.com is a Work OS that lets you collaborate, have fun, and get work done.

Much prettier than Excel (or that barely legible handwritten list), monday.com is a simple way to organize your work and make it more fun to do.

We recently surveyed over 1,273 executive assistants in our State of The Executive Assistant Facebook group and found that monday.com was voted their favorite project management tool. Here are a few direct quotes from the survey:

“Great way for multiple people to stay up to date on the same task.”

“We just started using monday.com & it has been a great way for everyone to see what projects are being worked on, who is working on it, etc. It has been very beneficial for us & has helped prove the need for an additional employee.”

monday.com has helped every department in our company become more organized and improved communication within the teams. I am still new to monday.com and working with my Executive to find the best layout.”

How it works

Using monday.com’s interface, you can make a visually pleasing board of task “cards.” Add checklists, due dates, collaborators, and much more.

Why we love Monday.com for Multitasking and Organization

It’s fun to use, which makes tasks that were once daunting or tedious totally accessible.

  • Great free trial period
  • Templates to accommodate a variety of project types
  • Easy to set up automations (zero coding required) free up multiple hours of redundant task time drain


2) Shift

“The desktop app for streamlining your accounts, apps, and workflows.”


Spend less time transitioning between tools and tasks with Shift.

Shift is an app that empowers you to toggle between login-based apps and work tools without entering or remembering codes. Access all the tools you need within one interface.

Here’s what one happy user has to say about Shift:

“Shift is a genius idea! I love being able to access multiple google drives/emails so conveniently. It is a breeze to have everything in one spot.”

How it works

Shift supports email, calendars, and tons of applications, including Duolingo, Instagram, Basecamp, and more. Simply download the app and connect other tools and extensions to get started.

Why we love Shift for Multitasking and Organization

It frees up brain power that was once wasted on remembering logins and urls. (Using Shift is like cleaning up your workspace to clear your head and boost your productivity.)

  • Unified search for crawling multiple apps
  • One interface manages tons of tools
  • Focused web tabs help you stay on task


EA Tools For Recognition and Engagement

3) Assembly

“Recognition and engagement platform that helps scale company culture”


Recognize employees and coworkers with just one touch.

Assembly is an easy-to-use recognition platform that makes appreciation fast and easy. With just one click, you can tell someone how much their help, guidance, or outstanding work meant to you.

What users say about Assembly:

“[. . .] The unique insight into who is positively impacting their colleagues and ultimately the company has been invaluable.”

How it works

Sign up for a plan to give employees everything they need to recognize their peers.

Why we love Assembly for recognition and engagement

Without a platform, recognition can slip through the cracks despite our best intentions. Assembly makes recognition something employees love and always remember to do.

  • Built-in recognition
  • Distribute cultural rewards
  • Track anniversaries and birthdays


4) Bonusly

“Make recognition fun.”

Bonusly Platform

Transform your company culture.

Bonusly is a virtual recognition platform that helps cultivate recognition without demanding too much effort. The platform also provides recognition insights to drive long-term strategies.

What users say about Bonusly:

“Bonusly is absolutely a core part of our culture, now we can’t imagine what we’d do without it!”

How it works

Sign up and immerse your team in a social media-esque landscape of recognition. The intuitive platform walks employees through the whole process.

Why we love Bonusly for recognition and engagement

You can create custom rewards in Bonusly that truly embody your culture.

  • In-platform rewards for culture building
  • Team-based analytics and reporting
  • Public reward feeds to create buzz


5) Kudos

“Improve connection and engagement when it matters most.”

Bring your team together.

Kudos is a virtual software that enables peer-to-peer recognition. The tool let’s employees give each other props for a job well done, but it also provides a platform for other celebrations—birthdays, anniversaries, and more.

What users say about Kudos:

“[. . .] I recommend Kudos to all organizations as it is instant, on the go and fun platform that is very much transparent and what I like the most is that you can give it your own identity in terms of what you want to achieve as an organization.”

How it works

Sign up for a plan and the recognition will grow organically from there.

Why we love Kudos for recognition and engagement

Kudos helps teams grow company culture from the inside, through relationships.

  • Customizable rewards for your goals
  • Social hub to build even more recognition
  • Analytics dashboards reveal what’s going on


6) Kazoo

“Let’s make work better”


Make recognition a daily habit.

Kazoo is an employee experience platform that provides all the tools you need to engage your team. Use the simple interface to manage recognition, rewards, surveys, insights, and more.

Learn how Patagonia leveraged Kudos to live up to their values. According to this case study,

“Patagonia leans on Kazoo to develop a performance management strategy worthy of its powerful business values and celebrated culture.”

How it works

Launch the platform and let it encourage recognition and gather insights for you. Continuous performance management and surveys let you adapt programs in real time.

Why we love Kazoo for recognition and engagement

Kazoo integrates seamlessly into your workflows and brings a wealth of other insights for improving culture.

  • Performance management
  • Peer-to-peer recognition
  • Engagement surveys


EA Tools For Team Building and Company Culture

7) Let’s Roam

“Find your next adventure”


Embark on an experience you’ll never forget.

Let’s Roam is a platform that plans memorable scavenger hunts for you. Enjoy all the fun and skip worrying about the planning. They also offer a virtual team building version of their platform that can be found here.

How it works

Just browse all the adventures, find one you love, recruit your team, and have fun.

Why we love Let’s Roam for team building & company culture

Let’s Roam offers exciting adventures planned for you. All you have to do is have fun.

  • Browse from 400+ scavenger hunts
  • Point-based system makes hunts even more fun
  • Flexible timing works with your schedule


8) Scavify

“The ultimate scavenger hunt app”

Customize a scavenger hunt that makes memories.

Scavify is a scavenger hunt that delivers experiences aligned with your goals. The app even has features, such as scores, photo challenges, and quizzes, to boost engagement during the hunt.

Here’s what one adventurer had to say about Scavify:

“Scavify quickly creates a customized program and app experience that allows participants to stay motivated and engaged. Our employees enjoyed it and we achieved our goal!”

How it works

Simply send out a challenge, track engagement during the event, and then repeat. Use the admin dashboard to see how players are doing and determine if they’re engaged.

Why we love Scavify for team building & company culture

The clean app-based format makes it easy for even large groups to run around while pursuing the same challenge.

  • Progress tracking
  • In-app photos for social buzz
  • A comprehensive admin dashboard helps managers create rich experiences


9) The Go Game

“Play professionals who take fun seriously.”

Professionally hosted games will redefine your idea of team bonding.

Perfect for bonding and cultivating teamwork, The Go Game will send your team on games, game shows, and even charity work.

Here’s one happy customer review from Yelp:

“Not only was the scavenger hunt fun and creative, but it truly allowed our team to connect and get to know each other.”

How it works

Just reach out to The Go Game team and their experts will be in touch to plan and coordinate the perfect event.

Why we love Go Game for team building & company culture

The Go Game takes people out of everyday experiences, inspiring them to learn new skills and develop new talents.

  • Games customized to your goals
  • Tons of event style and type options
  • Dedicated game hosts run the show


10) Quizbreaker

“The Fun Way To Connect & Engage Your Remote Team”

Accelerate the get-to-know-you process.

Quizbreaker is a platform that lets you build and distribute quizzes about your own team. Enjoy the captivating power of quizzes while learning about your co-workers.

Here’s some buzz on Quizbreaker:

“We got great use out of QuizBreaker and now our team is all ramped up. They know each other much better than before. Thanks for the great service!”

How it works

Simply send questions to your team, use their answers to create quizzes, and distribute the quizzes to build relationships.

Why we love Quizbreaker for team building & company culture

Quizzes and tests solidify knowledge. Why else would they be such a huge part of the education system?

  • A leaderboard rouses healthy competition
  • Employees who know the most about their peers earn achievement badges
  • Flexible quiz scheduling


EA Tools For Communication and Emotional Intelligence

11) FreeConferenceCall.com

“A free conferencing tool for life”

free-conference-calls-01-min-1Host professional conference calls for free.

FreeConferenceCall.com is a service that lets you make calls, run video meetings, share your screen, and so much more. Create recordings and reports from your conferences, and even make international calls.

Here’s one glowing customer review:

“Free Conference Call allows us to communicate easily with our dispersed teams, our clients, anyone with whom we need to connect and share information. We don’t even think about it anymore, it’s simply another tool we use every day. Windows, Android, iOS, web, we use them all seamlessly. Thank you for such a great, easy communication platform!”

How it works

Simply create an account and instantly start hosting meetings—no reservations required.

Why we love FreeConferenceCall.com for communication and emotional intelligence

It helps you stay connected from all parts of the globe. You can keep togetherness vibes alive no matter where you are.

  • Customizable meeting walls
  • Video calls for up to 1,000 participants
  • Breakout rooms for focused conversations


12) Impraise

“Grow your people, grow your business.”

Get feedback on your terms.

Getting constructive feedback in real time is hard. And who wants to wait for an annual review? Luckily, Impraise makes it easy to give and get invaluable feedback.

Here’s what one happy customer says:

“Impraise helps us execute our vision of giving everyone a voice. It’s a system where everybody can give feedback to everyone. So, it’s not just a manager evaluating you, it’s giving each other feedback at any given time.”

How it works

Impraise has an intuitive social-media style interface. You can select a task and choose team members you want feedback from. They’ll get the request instantly and provide feedback just seconds later.

The brand calls itself the “fitness tracker for your professional life,” and we think they have an excellent point. If you’re tracking the steps you take in a day, then you should also be tracking the steps you take in your career.

Why we love Impraise for communication and emotional intelligence

Impraise makes giving feedback easy, and feedback brings teams closer and makes people feel good.

  • Built-in analytics for decisions
  • Behind-the-scene processes
  • Pulse surveys help track sentiments and engagement


13) Boomerang

“Easy email reminders.”


Never forget to respond or follow-up on important emails.

Boomerang is a tool you can integrate with Gmail and Outlook. It allows you to schedule emails, set follow-up reminders and organize your inbox for optimal communication.

One happy user explains how this simple tool changed work processes:

“Boomerang has completely transformed the way I process email. With Boomerang, I remove clutter from my inbox and it returns to me at the moment I need it.”

How it works

Just install this extension. A variety of options will appear when you’re working in your inbox.

Why we love Boomerang for communication and emotional intelligence

Boomerang helps you be as conscientious as you want to be.

  • Email scheduling works within your time limits
  • Inbox pause helps you actually take a break
  • Automatic follow-ups resume threads you’ve already forgotten about


14) Mood Meter

“Build Emotional Intelligence to Last a Lifetime”


Mood Meter puts expert emotional understanding at your fingertips.

This app from researchers at Yale helps you access and understand your emotions and build the emotional intelligence necessary for a successful career as an executive assistant.

How it works

Simply download the app to start tracking your emotions. At any point in time, you can select how you’re feeling from a colorful grid. The app will label your selection and help you explore why you feel that way. It even helps you strategize ways to alter your mood if needed.

Why we love Mood Meter for communication and emotional intelligence

Understanding emotions doesn’t get easier when you’re busy or stressed. Mood Meter gives you what you need to keep your human side intact.

  • Reports give you emotional insight
  • Tips and strategies help you regulate moods
  • Long-term insights demystify the root of your emotions


EA Tools For Scheduling

15) Calendar

“Be more Productive. Save time. Focus.”

Calendar.com-EA-ToolSpend time on the things that matter.

Create one smart view of your calendars and those of your team to create a productive scheduling environment. Calendar thinks, schedules, and syncs for you and your team.

How it works

Calendar integrates all your calendars Google, Outlook, Office 365, and iCloud calendars) across a Web and mobile platform (iOS and Android).

Why we love Calendar for scheduling

It incorporates features that allow you to focus on smart time management.

  • Smart scheduling with machine learning capability
  • Team and people analytics to improve productivity
  • Meeting transcriptions to optimize time.


16) Double

“Take your day back”


Connect with an assistant who will make your life easier.

Double is an online assistant platform that helps you stay on top of all your to-dos and send daily or weekly reports to your executives. Help them get ready for their day or easily get answers on ongoing projects.

Here’s what one happy executive has to say about double:

“The Double app is one of my go-to apps. The chat per task is absolutely amazing to help keep everything in one spot and move projects faster. Also love sending voice messages with just a tap.”

How it works

Just connect your calendar to Double and it will automatically generate a briefing to send your executive. Add comments directly to events and tasks to share information or ask questions.

Why we love Double for scheduling

It makes it easy for people to get that extra set of hands they’ve been dreaming about for years.

  • Thorough onboarding makes getting started fast and easy
  • One-tap project assignment
  • Leverages the efficiency of tech to connect with experienced human assistants


17) Calendly

“Schedule meetings without the back-and-forth emails”


Use Calendly to spend less time scheduling and more time strategizing.

Calendly is an online scheduling app that helps you find the best time to meet.

How many emails does it usually take to nail down one 30-minute appointment for your boss? Well, with Calendly, you’ll probably send just one.

One Calendly client explains what sets Calendly apart:

“A lot of other appointment setting tools are very convoluted. With Calendly, set-up was so nominal; implementation took less than 10 minutes.”

How it works

Calendly works with Google, Outlook, Office 365, or iCloud calendars, and it helps you schedule meetings quickly and painlessly. Just set your boss’s availability preferences and receive a url that lets invitees view your boss’s schedule and select a time that works.

Why we love Calendly for scheduling

It saves time and stress. Calendly makes “scheduling” an easy to-do.

  • Embed features for on-website scheduling
  • Multiple calendar integrations gauge holistic availability
  • Customize Calendly to align with your brand


18) Time Zone Ninja

“Scheduling meetings around the world just got easy”


Time zones can’t stop you from finding the perfect meeting time.

Time Zone Ninja is a desktop interface that allows you to enter attendee locations to find ideal meeting times.

How it works

An easy-to-use interface lets you enter attendee locations and the times your boss prefers. Then it supplies you with the best meeting time.

Why we love Time Zone Ninja for scheduling

You could probably take the time to figure out time zones yourself, but why waste the time and risk the errors?

  • Color-coded legend for scanning results
  • Easily add more attendees and locations
  • No login required


EA Tools For Travel Coordination

19) TripIt

“An easier trip, every time”


Put all the details of your trip at your fingertips.

TripIt lets you organize information from flights, hotels, restaurants, and car rentals in one place. It even has an automated itinerary feature for sharing key information with your boss.

Here’s what one traveler has to say about TripIt:

“My favorite business travel app so far is TripIt. Carrying all of my itineraries, it saves me during my ‘Where am I, what do I do next?’ panic attacks.”

How it works

You book the travel arrangements and forward confirmation emails to TripItⓇ. The tool adds all the details to your master itinerary.

Why we love TripIt for travel coordination

It makes executive check-ins and homegrown travel itineraries a thing of the past. Using it is like traveling with someone who remembers all the details off the top of their head—without having to check 3 different email accounts.

  • Calendar syncing covers all the details
  • Airport maps help you find your way anywhere
  • Mobile itineraries put key details at your fingertips


20) Expensify

“Don’t just get paid back. Pay it forward.”


Stop dreading the administrative side of travel with Expensify.

Expensify is software that automates the expensing process. Coordinating travel is hard, and organizing costs introduces a new set of challenges. Expensify makes the process easy.

Here are Expensify “pros” as reported by PCMag:

“Smart improvements to the workflow keep Expensify intuitive.”
“Offers enhancements like automated reimbursements and GPS mileage capture.”

How it works

Scan your receipt to prompt Expensify to generate and submit a report on your behalf. Expensify even has a feature for capturing travel-related transactions and creating reports to help you track the overall cost of a trip.

Why we love Expensify for travel coordination

The travel expensing process closes the loop on the coordination continuum. Expensify makes it easy for EAs to close the loop quickly and efficiently.

  • On-the-go receipt tracking
  • Connect to utility apps to integrate receipts
  • Automatic checks help ensure compliance


21) Cool Cousin

“Travel perfection made simple.”


Save yourself hours of dead-end Yelp research and check out Cool Cousin to discover where to go and what to do.

Executives often look to assistants for help in showing clients a good time. Cool Cousin is your resource for finding the coolest things to do.

Cool Cousin is so cool that National Geographic listed it as one of the 10 travel apps you need.

How it works

Cool Cousin gets city guides from locals (“cousins”) and posts them online for you to browse for free. You can even message the cousins to ask for advice.

Why we love Cool Cousin for travel coordination

The unexpected insider flare Cool Cousin can bring to travel coordination will make your plans memorable. Everyone will wonder where you got the inside scoop.

  • Organic (non-paid) recommendations from locals
  • Covers 100+ destination cities
  • Constantly updating so you can use it again and again


22) PackPoint

“A smart packing list app”


Take travel coordination to the next level with PackPoint.

PackPoint is an app that lets you tell your boss what to pack. It factors in location, length of travel, and activities to generate a fool-proof packing list.

The travel experts at Fodor’s have even named PackPoint the best travel app.

How it works

Download the app and enter a travel location, stay length, and activities. The app will provide a recommended packing list.

Why we love PackPoint for travel coordination

It takes the guesswork out of packing. PackPoint makes the packing process simple, and in turn improves your overall trip. Travel is just more enjoyable when you’ve packed like a boss.

  • Easy share functions
  • In-app weather checking
  • Fine-tuned customizations for different activities


EA Tools For Event Planning

23) CalendarX

“Get a calendar your audience can follow”


CalendarX bundles calendars and communications into one tool.

CalendarX gives you the ability to create a calendar that communicates with your audience. You can share information about your events without sending any emails.

Here’s what one happy user had to say about CalendarX:

“We do seminars and conferences. We’ve been experimenting with taking our seminars online. We use CalendarX for the event schedules. We love that our users can follow the full seminar schedule once and that we are able to update our users calendar before- and while the seminar takes place.”

How it works

Just create a calendar and send follow links to the people you want in the loop. Once someone follows your calendar, it’s easy to keep them informed as you plan and add more events.

Why we love CalendarX for event planning

It streamlines event planning, bringing calendar management and communications together.

  • Easily add calendar following buttons to your website
  • Automatically pushes updates to all calendars
  • Tons of calendar following options


24) Attendease

“The only event management software for elite marketing and event teams”


Get the tools you need to bring your event visions to life.

Attendease is a one-stop platform for event planning. You can use the system to create and manage events and measure success.

Here’s what one happy Attendease user had to say:

“I love the flexibility within the application. It handles small events all the way to large and complex events. The biggest win is the time savings – The application saves us huge amounts of time by implementing event tools to manage the registration flow. With a handful of assets we can spin up a site and publish it on our own in a day. This freedom has saved significant $$ and the time savings is immeasurable!”

How it works

Once you register, you’ll have access to a simple interface that walks you through the event-planning process.

Why we love Attendease for event planning

Handy automations allow planners to focus more on the creative aspects of their events while worrying less about minutiae.

  • Event registration and success tracking
  • Tools to boost the attendee experience
  • Customizable registration forms and promo codes


25) Sched

“Organize better events.”


Easily create crowd-pleasing event marketing materials

Sched helps you build an event website and a mobile app so you can keep attendees informed. Perfect for small meetings and large conferences, the tool lets you choose from a variety of features depending on your needs.

Here’s one Sched review posted on Capterra:

“I really enjoy the ease of developing this sched app. Thankfully, sched provides you with formatted spreadsheets, to make loading your conference agenda much easier.”

How it works

You simply enter an event name and dates, and then you’ll be transported to an easy-to-use panel that walks you through building an event website and app.

Why we love Sched for event planning

With user-friendly resources on hand for creating a website and app, planners can focus on other event details.

  • Built-in sponsor features
  • Brand your own robust event app
  • Gather insights for future events


26) Event Geek

“Home base for all your events”


Plan events as if you were a seasoned expert.

Event Geek helps you with all the behind-the-scenes complexity of event planning. You can use the tool to delegate tasks, manage budgets, administer surveys, and more.

Here’s one happy customer review posted on G2:

“I like that my team can interact all in one place and that our task management is housed on the platform. I also love the calendar views and scheduling views. I love that I can customize my columns and fields on my personal home screen, as I’m the admin and need to be able to see a complete view that is different than the team.”

How it works

Event Geek runs a powerful platform with tons of features that provide everything you need to plan your event from start to finish.

Why we love Event Geek for event planning

Event Geek works as a knowledge hub for your events. Details that once seemed chaotic or hard to remember are now organized, so you can stay calm.

  • Built-on ROI tracking
  • Budget reporting and expense tracking
  • Manage vendor contacts right within the tool


EA Tools For Internal Networking

27) Donut

“Connecting with colleagues has never been more important.”


Donut provides a fuss-free automated way to meet casually with co-workers.

Donut makes it easy to set up in-person meetings with people in your company. It’s the perfect way to get to know associates you don’t often interact with.

One Donut user explains how the platform helps cultivate connection:

“Donut is a nice reminder that no matter how busy things get, we’re still here and we still care about you.”

How it works

Donut works within Slack to randomly introduce you to a new person every week.

Why we love Donut for internal networking

Donut pairs you with people to meet, so it removes hesitation and awkwardness from the networking process.

  • Works with Slack instead of adding a new platform
  • Calendar integrations provide easy scheduling
  • Host lotteries to give away special events


28) Quip

“Secure productivity for the enterprise”


Collaborate seamlessly, anywhere and anytime.

Quip is a collaboration tool that lets teams work on documents and spreadsheets while communicating from start to finish.

One user explains why Quip helps teams stay together:

“More than ever in our industry our teams need to remain connected and efficient; Quip is the simple answer to enable this global collaboration!”

How it works

Using Quip, you can create a meeting, build an agenda, take and share notes, and even incorporate action items that make sure your meeting will actually lead somewhere.

For example, if you learn about a not-yet-announced payroll interface during your meeting with HR, then you can add a follow-up task to help you remember to get the information you need to give your boss a timely FYI.

Why we love Quip for internal networking

We love it as a tool for internal networking because it helps you get the most out of your meetings.

  • Built-in chat at the document level
  • Team views help users get relevant feedback
  • Use templates to start working immediately


29) Brand24

“Online reputation management made easy.”


It has never been easier to stay in the know.

This helpful tool for executive assistants doesn’t facilitate internal networking, but it provides brilliant fodder for your meetings. Brand24 aggregates mentions of your brand across the world wide web, making it easy to offer invaluable insights to your boss and peers.

One user explains the value Brand24 brings:

“The user interface of the tool is brilliant and really intuitive and being able to compare projects to work out share of voice is extremely useful. The fact that it can also be used as a sentiment tracker and an influencer sourcing tool makes it extremely good value for money.”

How it works

You simply sign up and search for your brand. Then Brand24’s technology does all the work for you, crawling the web to bring you relevant real-time insights.

Why we love Brand24 for internal networking

It helps you find insights to launch intelligent conversations.

  • Sentiment analysis flags help you sort through the buzz
  • Browse aggregated mentions in one place
  • Filter results to suit your interests


People Also Ask These Questions About Executive Assistant Tools:

Q: What is an executive assistant tool?

  • A: An executive assistant tool is any resource that maximizes an executive assistant’s productivity and effectiveness. These tools help with a variety of EA tasks, including calendaring, event planning, travel coordination, and more. See a full list of executive assistant tools here.

Q: What makes a good executive assistant software?

  • A: A good executive assistant software should be intuitive to use. Busy EAs don’t have time to watch tutorials to figure out how to use something. Executive assistant software should make an EA’s job more streamlined and should never create more work.

Q: Where can I learn more about the best tools for executive assistants in 2020?

  • A: You can learn more about the best tools for executive assistants in 2020 here. The list includes tools for a range of executive assistant work areas and outlines all the details you need to determine if the tools are right for you.


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