Have you discovered that more and more of your work tasks involve collaborating with others?
As technology and the accompanying tools evolve, employers are finding it more beneficial to have their workers “come together” and to share ideas and materials for project development.
The Australian-based company INS (acronym for In No-one’s Shadow) has focused much of its efforts on preparing workforces for the future, which includes keeping current employees updated as well as helping companies keep their employees moving towards the future. Although INS is based in Australia, its outreach is global, which means the advice offered on collaboration can be used by all.
Below are several tips from a May 2016 INS article to keep in mind for your collaboration projects. You can click this link to read the entire article.
- Understand the Bigger Picture—mentally move beyond your immediate group and role, and look at the larger outcome of why this project is important.
- Clarify the Objectives—if everyone is “not on the same page,” the project may wind up going nowhere. Make sure the objectives are clearly stated and that everyone understands these objectives. As stated by INS, “…clarify whether all stakeholders and group members have the same objectives, and are working through any differences…”
- Agree on Roles and Leadership—early discussions on and the identification of leadership and the other roles will make it easier to move forward on the project. It is also important to establish accountability as it is connected to the various roles.
- Know the Boundaries—just as accountability is important, it is equally vital for each person to know boundaries for themselves and others and to have these boundaries respected.
- Develop an Ecosystem, not an ‘Egosystem’—remember, it’s about the successful completion of the project and not about someone grandstanding. Being a good listener (this goes for all group members) is essential.
- Value Diverse Input—keep an open mind and realize that everyone’s contributions to the discussions and efforts should be appreciated.
If you want to improve your communication and collaboration skills, consider taking the BOSS program’s POFT 2312 Business Correspondence and Communication at Richland College.
Richland College, which is located in northeast Dallas at 12800 Abrams Road, offers both online and on-campus courses. For more information email RichlandBOSS@dcccd.edu, or call 972-238-6215.
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It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a job, currently employed, or thinking about a promotion; if you were born sometime between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, please, please pay attention to your soft skills and make sure you are on par to make the most of your career success.
Take the time to do an in-depth self‑assessment your skills and then answer the following questions honestly:
- Do you take your writing skills seriously—is your writing clear, coherent, and free of misspelled words and incorrect word usage—example: their versus there?
- Do you check, double check and, yes, even triple check your facts and accuracy of numbers?
How well do you really know Excel and Word (make sure it’s more than just “getting by”)?
- Do you really know how to use Word and Excel to increase your work productivity and come up with better workplace solutions? You may know how to text, IM, post to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but that may not be enough!
- Do you really understand the background and goals of your current company?
- Have you done your homework thoroughly and researched companies where you’d like to work?
- Can you ask intelligent questions about these companies, their products and services, and their societal impact?
- Do you look for logical, but innovative ways, to solve work problems?
- Finally, as simple as it may sound, do you know how to follow directions?
One of the things that research has shown is that employers place high value on whether employees can communicate effectively in person as well as online, and that means you have to have a well-rounded, competent soft skills set.
As, you, the Millennials come of age, it is important to keep in keep in mind that you will be in the workforce for many more years to come, so it is important that your generation strive to be competitive on a global as well as national level.
If you need to improve your job skills, consider enrolling in the Business Office Systems & Support program at Richland College. There are a wide variety of courses (offered online and face-to-face) from which to choose.
These courses range from basic keyboarding, computer literacy, business communications, business English, office procedures, records management, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access (in preparation for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam**). These courses can all lead you towards a college-credit certificate or a 2-year associate’s degree.
Richland College is located in northeast Dallas at 12800 Abrams Road. For more information contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, email@example.com at 972-238-6215.
**Richland College is an authorized Microsoft Testing Center.
***Get a Free Copy of Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2013***If you are a student in the Dallas County Community College District, you are eligible to download a FREE version of Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Plus (or 2011 on the Mac) which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote.
Take a “working tip” from one of our BOSS students who is currently enrolled in Richland College’s online POFT 1309 Administrative Office Procedures course and how she discovered the merits of Twitter and that it can be a wonderful networking tool for helping administrative assistants (and others) get handy advice and tips from other admin professionals.
As part of a recent class assignment, Edith Garcia set out to explore some ways Twitter might prove helpful to administrative assistants in getting up-to-date information on how to be more successful and efficient in getting their work tasks completed. In the process of researching Twitter, Edith found that she had to change some of her original opinions of this social media platform. She has now come to view Twitter as a quick, invaluable way of getting tips from other admin colleagues.
“One of the areas I decided to research was social media. As I reviewed some of the articles, the one that caught my attention was ‘Why Twitter Is Worth It.’ One of assignments in this course was to create a Twitter account. I didn’t have one until a couple days ago. I had always thought it [Twitter] was just a place to gossip in a few words. I didn’t know there are a lot of professionals advising others.”
“There was one example that informed me of the fact that you can get a lot of great [Twitter] feeds concerning your work. It can come in handy when you are in a struggle and can even find out things that are helpful. By following professionals on Twitter, you can enhance your knowledge. I plan to keep this Twitter account and to follow administrative professionals to enhance my knowledge and get some great advice.”
http://www.iaap-hq.org/ – Blog article: “Why Twitter Is Worth It”
If you want to improve your productivity and decision-making skills, consider taking POFT 1309 Administrative Office Procedures in the BOSS program at Richland College. Richland College is located in northeast Dallas at 12800 Abrams Road, and both online and on-campus courses are offered. For more information contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org
***Get a Free Copy of Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2013***If you are a student in the Dallas County Community College District, you are eligible to download a free version of Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Plus (or 2011 on the Mac) which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote.
How do you feel on your first day of a new semester? If it is your first semester, you are probably very apprehensive. If you are a returning college student, you may be excited or you may be anxious about meeting new people and facing new challenges. In either situation you are probably a bit nervous and full of questions. Your goal, however, is to be successful.
In an article titled, “Top Ten Tips for College Success,” Dr. Sylvia Rimm discusses the exciting and challenging experience of pursuing a college education and lists her tips for being successful in college. Click here to read her article: Top Ten Tips for College.
I especially like her very first tip: Never miss a class. If you had a job and you decided not to show up for work, how successful do you think you would be at that job? It is important to treat college as a job and assume that it is your responsibility to go to class every day!
As we begin a new semester at Richland College, take a minute to read Dr. Rimm’s tips. Then, make a deal with yourself to follow these tips. Your path to success will be easier with a set of guidelines. Write them down and review them often!
For more information on the Business Office Systems and Support department, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, email@example.com 972-238-6215.