In the past, concierge services were available only to guests at posh hotels. Today, just about anyone can pick up the phone and have their personal concierge buy tickets to the theater, shop for and send gifts to a long list of valued clients, or plan an elaborate party. With the results of a recent survey by The Families and Work Institute showing the average worker spends 44 hours a week on the job (an increase of 3.5 hours from 1977), the concept of a personal assistant begins to look very attractive for those who can afford it. "Downsizing has really put pressure on the white-collar work force in terms of longer hours and less free time," says Jim Proser, founder and president of Los Angeles-based Elite Concierges. "And these individuals are truly feeling the need for daily assistance."
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