Sometimes, a PA task requires you to go into another room and work all by yourself. Prepping wrap gifts and proofreading the script and making ID badges have all sent me to production office exile.
I could not – in a million years – dream of asking, “Can I take my computer in there with me?”
While the APOC might say, “Yes,” they’re really thinking, “Are you effing kidding me, PA? Get off your lazy ass and work faster and harder or else you won’t be working at all.” Every moment you spend “liking” or “disliking” a song on Pandora, re-adjusting your Spotify playlist, or (heaven forbid) checking your Facebook feed, then you’re absolutely NOT doing the task that was given to you. It doesn’t matter how little time it takes you to comment “LOL” on your BFF’s new pics. It’s distracting you, and you aren’t getting paid to be distracted.
This isn’t free time. It’s your job.
If you can’t go one lonely hour without some sad substitute for human interaction, then you should get a new job.
(If your boss pre-emptively suggests you take your computer with you, then by all means. But you never ask. NEVER.)