Aspire Journeys

Virtual Work in the New Normal

  • 16 Courses | 6h 26m 51s
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It's new, it's different, but it's going to be OK!  As you learn to work from home, possibly in pajamas and while watching pets wander onto the screen during video meetings - you will find that upgrading your skillset can help you adjust to your new environment.  This journey will help you get ready, set, and go during these unfamiliar times.

Getting Set-up at Home

It's time to get organized to work from home.  To help you get set up at home, learn some tips and tricks for time management, productivity, and reducing stress to enhance your performance.

  • 3 Courses | 1h 10m 49s

Efficiency & Productivity in the New Normal

Now that you're set up to work from home, it's time to build on your existing skills to increase your productivity as a virtual team member.

  • 4 Courses | 1h 30m 21s

Your New Work (and Home) Environment

Environment can play a big part in your performance at work.  It's time to breathe in, buckle down, and improve your well being through optimizing your new work environment.

  • 4 Courses | 1h 33m 45s

Managing & Leading through Unexpected Disruption

Team members are settling in, but it's no time to back down.  Learn about managing and leading through disruption, as well as strategies to help your team through these challenging times.

  • 5 Courses | 2h 11m 56s

COURSES INCLUDED

Achieve Productivity in Your Personal Life
A busy personal life has a direct correlation to your productivity level at your job. By getting control of your productivity at home, you can improve your productivity work too, making you better able to stick to schedules and meet deadlines by reducing the stress and distractions that come from trying to juggle home and work at the same time. In this course, you’ll learn how to prepare for trips, plan personal and household tasks, and become more organized as a parent. You’ll also explore tips for achieving an effective work/life balance and taking care of your personal health and well-being.
6 videos | 17m
has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Make The Time You Need: Get Organized
If you want to manage your schedule and make your time count, you have to be organized. But to stay organized, you need to check your progress. This mean developing schedule management skills. The stress and potential for mistakes grows when you don't spend time organizing your time. In this course, you'll discover how schedule management can help you regain control of your time. You’ll learn how to leverage your personality to boost your productivity and explore techniques for dealing with time stealers. And you'll learn how to create practical to-do lists and keep them relevant and realistic.
7 videos | 27m
has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Managing Pressure and Stress to Optimize Your Performance
People react to high pressure differently. Learning to cope with pressure and handling stress are very important, because you don’t want pressure to have a negative impact on your performance. In this course, you'll learn about managing stress and pressure, situations that trigger pressure, and how pressure can become stress. You'll also look at how stress affects you emotionally and physically, and how to respond to it. And you'll also learn strategies for managing stress by ensuring you have the right attitude, taking control under pressure, and using performance management to cultivate a "success mentality." You can then optimize your own performance, and prepare to cope with stressed colleagues.
9 videos | 26m
has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Contributing as a Virtual Team Member
Companies often opt to create virtual teams in place of on-site teams. This allows employees to work from home or remote locations. However, if not managed appropriately, remote working may cause breakdowns in communication, collaboration, and teamwork. In this course, you'll learn how to develop the skills you need to show team leadership and be an effective member of a virtual team. You’ll explore personal traits that are useful when working on a team remotely. You’ll also learn strategies to stay connected with other team members, and ways to manage your time and overcome the challenges associated with managing teams remotely.
5 videos | 23m
has Assessment available Badge
Maximize Your Productivity by Managing Time and Tasks
The amount of time available to you is constant – you can't buy more and you can't save it for later. However, by managing your time, you can increase your productivity. And the better you understand your own personal productivity, the easier it will be to manage your time effectively. In this course, you'll learn about how you can use task management to maximize your productivity. You'll discover the benefits of using time management and assessing the value of your tasks. You'll learn about benefits of setting goals and how productivity is tied to your ability to assess time and set priorities. And you'll also learn about the process of "chunking" your time and how to use different types of to-do lists effectively.
7 videos | 21m
has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Trust Building through Effective Communication
Building  relationships with the people you want to  communicate with is key to making communication effective. And building trust is essential to forging meaningful working relationships. In this course, you'll explore the necessity of clearly presenting your information and intentions as the basis of  effective communication. You'll see how understanding your audience ensures that your message is delivered in such a way so to maximize its impact and how managing your emotions allows you to adapt to the emotional needs of others to build trust. Finally, you'll learn how verbal communication combines with body language and vocal tone to better convey your message effectively.
7 videos | 24m
has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Cultivating Relationships with Your Peers
Developing and maintaining  relationships with your peers at work can lead to success for both you as an individual, and within your organization. Networking skills and building supportive peer relationships can provide you with a wide variety of experiences, expertise, and institutional knowledge. Whether you're exploring executive networking, professional networking, or just general business networking, this course explains how to identify the people in your organization who are important in helping you reach your goals. You'll learn the skills that maintain solid, mutually beneficial relationships so you can advance your career.
7 videos | 21m
has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Take a Deep Breath and Manage Your Stress
When you're constantly adding items to your never-ending to-do list, feeling overwhelmed at work and at home, and finding your health and relationships negatively impacted, you are likely experiencing stress. Stress is produced by your own feelings and reactions to certain external events, rather than by the events themselves. But while you may not always be able to control the external events causing your stress, by applying mindfulness techniques, you can control your reactions to them. This course explains the physiological, behavioral, and psychological signs and symptoms of stress and where it can come from. It outlines strategies for maintaining work/life balance and managing stress. It also covers ways to change your responses to stress and make them more positive and how to use relaxation techniques and adopting mindfulness to help you focus.
7 videos | 20m
has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Taking Stock of Your Work/Life Balance
People with a healthy work-life balance are satisfied with both their work and home lives. They can fulfill their multiple family responsibilities at home, as well as work and community commitments without guilt or regret. They're healthy physically, emotionally, and socially. They’re not over-worked. In fact, they have a sense of control over their life, and feel that the decisions they make are informed choices. In this course, you'll learn about how to detect imbalance between home and work and how to achieve a healthy compromise between work balance and life balance. And you’ll assess your current work/life balance so you can overcome internal and external obstacles to achieving harmony.
7 videos | 20m
has Assessment available Badge