Yes, everyone’s been talking about Productivity and Innovation these days. The Budget mentioned it, even this site talked about it.
But you can talk and talk about it till the cows (or should it be goats, since its the Lunar New Year??) come home and some companies will still refuse to do anything.
So what do you do when you get a company that refuses to implement productivity enhancements and innovate? Well, either you pack up and leave, or you go on an individual productivity drive!
Here’s how you could start:
- Attend Productivity and Innovation courses
There are many of such courses and programmes which are available out there. This can be industry specific such as “Advanced Skills for Administrative Professionals” or “Follow Good Manufacturing Practices”.
Other courses are more generic, such as “Creative Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving” or “Cultivate Productivity and Innovative Mindset”.
Such courses are offered in many Continuing Education and Training providers and are Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) certified, which means you could get a subsidy for taking up the course.
With the SkillsFuture Credit which was introduced in this year’s Budget Announcement, there is even more reason for you to attend such a course to make yourself more productive at your workplace.
- Use smartphone, tablet or computer applications
Besides attending programmes and courses or if all else fails, try this: download the following apps that help with increasing your productivity at work:
- Google Drive
Allows users to store documents, spreadsheets and presentations in cloud storage, share files and edit documents with collaborators in real-time.
- Microsoft Office 365
Office 365 allows consumers to use Microsoft Office apps on Windows and OSX, while allowing storage space on Microsoft’s cloud storage service OneDrive. For business and enterprise users, Office 365 offers plans including e-mail and social networking services.
I read somewhere that likened Evernote to the Swiss Army of apps. It captures multiple documents, files, photos, web pages and audio recordings, and stores everything in a single place where items are easily viewed, retrieved and shared.
Most companies use conference calling as a primary way of linking various teams. It allows teams and individuals working in different locations to come together to brainstorm, plan and discuss.
Speek allows individuals to do that by picking a personal link which replaces traditional PINs or phone numbers. Send the link to other callers and they will have to click the link from their tablet, smartphone, desktop to join in.
- YouCam Snap
No longer will you need to scribble notes onto your notebook during a presentation, with the use of YouCam Snap. The app automatically corrects the angle of a picture taken of a presentation slide and save it to either PDF or JPEG.
So you see, there are many ways to increase your own productivity and innovate the way you work. With these courses, programmes and applications out in the market, do your part to enhance your own productivity! You improve your own employability too!
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