Sound advice for companies who are contemplating the post Covid-19 workplace

Firstly, from a New Zealand perspective there is quite a bit of information out there. Hopefully, I have retrieved some posts which will inspire and support you.

Running a business in challenging times -MYOB Business preparation Guide. The second edition of the MYOB Business Preparedness Guide, looks at some of the key areas business can focus on, adapt and invest in as they seek to navigate the ‘new normal’ created by coronavirus

New Zealand Business after Covid-19 In a special Business series four well known founders/business commentators give their thoughts on how they think NZ businesses will respond.

What comes next: 4 perspectives on post-pandemic preparation
NZ technology and digital chiefs’ responses to COVID-19 guide their business continuity plans for the emerging work environment

What lies on the other side of lockdown and elimination? Part 1 of a special Spinoff series in which Duncan Grieve looks at a number of sectors which will be worst hit by the aftermath of Covid-19. Part two looks at the winners and losers.

Resilience in a time of uncertainty and change

A month into lockdown and owners and employees of workplaces may be finding their resilience waning. Hopefully these Lynda.com courses below may offer some good guidance and help.

LEARNING PATH
Supporting Your Well-Being during Times of Change and Uncertainty
In this learning path, you can gain immediately applicable skills to support your well-being during times of change and uncertainty. Twenty curated courses cover topics such as practicing mindfulness and meditation; managing anxiety, depression, and stress; calming your mind; and restoring your body.

Embracing unexpected change
This 15 minute course explains how you can harness the power of change for your benefit, how to put change in the proper context, create the right perspective and ultimately become more resilient.

COURSE
Enhancing Resilience with Gemma Leigh Roberts
Being resilient will not only help you overcome challenges—it will help you thrive. Learn how to enhance your resilience with these tips. In this hour long course, Gemma Roberts shows how to create a proactive plan to build your resilience, maintain it in the face of challenges, and track your progress over time.

LEARNING PATH
Developing Resilience and Grit
In the face of change and uncertainty, learn how to build your resilience and cultivate mental agility. Resilience and grit will help you to cope with change and create productive shifts in thinking and perseverance.

COURSE
Building Resilience with Tatiana Kolovou
Learn how to bounce back from difficult situations, by building your “resiliency threshold,” with these training techniques. In this half hour course, she outlines five training techniques to prepare for difficult situations, and five strategies for reflecting on them afterward.

Enhancing your online presence for Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions

So many businesses will be thinking how can I convert my current face to face customers into online customers. Hopefully, some of these Lynda.com courses will help you with that.
Sales: Business to Consumer online sales
It is well-known that many consumers prefer the simplicity of online purchasing, but for many of us, everyday items are usually purchased face to face. If Covid-19 Level 4 restrictions are lifted soon, many businesses will need to sell online, in a non-contact way in order to remain afloat. In this course, learn about the opportunities of B2C.

Learning Shopify
Create a simple online store with Shopify, the trusted and easy-to-use ecommerce tool.

Developing adaptability as a manager
With digital transformation and disruption everywhere (ie our present situation) being adaptable is a foundational skills for managers allowing you to responds to change in a positive, resilient way, and seize new opportunities.

Social media marketing with Facebook and Twitter
This course teaches you how to use social media to promote your business, and learn how Facebook differs from Twitter and how to adjust your strategy to succeed on both platforms.

Check out EDS -our great new tool for searching across our online databases

Our EDS or “Ebsco discovery Service” link is your one stop shop to search through many of the Library’s online resources. It’s a great place to start your research, enabling you to browse and access all of the Wellington City Libraries’ electronic resources quickly, and get an overview of the resources available on your topic.

The simplest way to login is to click on the link “search across resources” from the drop down menu under the eLibrary tab on the Library home page. You can actually undertake your search at this point, but in order to access the full-text you will then be prompted to log in for full access. (this link is at the top of your screen and take you through to the eLibrary login page.

EDS defaults to only retrieving results for which the full article is available to you. (You can unclick this option), or also click the Peer Reviewed box to further filter your results. There are many filtering options including date, publication type, subject, geography, and also by database (the number of hits your search registers in each of the databases is recorded) – so it is easy to see which database may be of use for more in-depth research.

The wonderful bonus of using EDS is that you have access to more databases than your library actually subscribes to. These are the Complementary index (this is full-text supplied by primary publishers that is not available elsewhere) and the Directory of Open Access Journals.

You can type your search words either in the basic search box provided, or alternatively by selecting the Advanced search which allows you to filter your search prior to commencing your search.


You can also easily check to see whether access is available to a particular publication and which database it is in by clicking on the Publications tab.


Once your search results have displayed, you will either be presented with a link to view the fulltext in whichever library database holds the article or, the document in a pdf or html document which is included in the result. Either way, if you haven’t previously logged in to our elibrary service, you will be prompted to “login for full access” before you will be able to access the fulltext.

Do try our new resource – once you do, the fulltext in whichever library database holds the article or, the document in a pdf or html version it will be your go-to starting point to explore all our wonderful online resources.

Communicating in a crisis

Even experienced Managers may be feeling challenged during this current crisis. I hope the following Lynda.com video courses prove helpful.

Advice for leaders during a crisis. In this video just uploaded on April 10, leading experts in crisis, leadership, and finance provide you with important methods to keep you and your team focused, inspired, and aligned during this unique time.

Crisis Communication In this 1hr course, Laura Bergells will talk you through how to communicate with key audiences in this crisis which impacts your business or brand.

Managing in difficult times What do leaders do to manage effectively in difficult times? It’s as much about what they do to prepare as it is about how they react.

Marketing during a crisis Learn how to reposition your brand during a crisis, take immediate actgion, re-evaluate the landscape, and understand the new consumer mindset.

Need help staying in focus and productive during the lockdown? I think we all do.

Productivity Tips: Setting Up Your Workplace with Dave Crenshaw

This shortish 40 minute video gives you quick tips for cultivating a workspace that makes it easier to stay focused, motivated, and productive. (It’s had over 2,500 views since it was loaded at the beginning of February)

Mixtape: Learning Highlights for Better Productivity with LinkedIn Learning Instructors This is a curated collection of insights from top LinkedIn courses on productivity. If you are particularly interested in any one of the courses, check out the full version of each course.

Productivity tips: finding your productive mindset – Dave Crenshaw
This hour length video has had over 8,000 views since it was released in January this year.

Dave Crenshaw shares bite-sized actionable tips for finding time in your routine to improve productivity and flexibility. Learn how to shake off negativity and add meaning to your workday.

Time Management: Working from Home with Dave Crenshaw
Another very useful and apt course which gives time management tips to stay productive and balanced when working from home part-time or full-time.

5 Ways to Control Your Time with Chris Croft
Find more time for what’s most important. Learn the 5 key time management strategies (from saying “no” to overcoming perfectionism) to reduce distractions and stay focused…

Tips on remote working – try Lynda.com free courses with your library card

Kia ora koutou katoa — I’m Marilyn Domney, the Business Information specialist here at Wellington City Libraries. Over the next while, I will be featuring relevant and useful resources available remotely and completely free to all our library customers via our Lynda.com.

Lynda.com is a video tutorial service the library subscribes to on your behalf that provides access to over 3,500 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing, animation and business skills.

Log in with your library card number and PIN — for those of you who already have a library card, your pin number is the last four digits of your phone number. Don’t have a library card just yet? You can join online. If you encounter any problems please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

Lynda.com

(To benefit from our free subscription please go to Lynda.com only via the link we’ve given above, otherwise Lynda.com is a subscription based resource. You can find Lynda.com on our Business Online Databases page.)

Now since so many people are working from home, I thought some e-learning courses on how to get the best results from working remotely would be a great place to start. All Lynda.com’s courses are available to target your own individual needs, so whether you are beginner, intermediate or experienced, or looking for a short or long-term course, Lynda.com has it all.

Make sure to sign in above before clicking the links below!

Remote working – getting started

Learning Path

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success
Optimize working remotely, whether you’re new to remote work or not, and whether you’re leading a team or part of a team involving distributed team members. Discover how to be productive and stay connected when working from home or other remote environments.

Course

Working Remotely with Mike Gutman
Learn best practices for working remotely. Use today’s cloud-based tools to stay productive, build culture, and work seamlessly with your team — anywhere there is internet.

(16 Courses, March 2020)

Remote working – empower yourself and your team

Learning Path

Become a Successful Remote Worker
Developing a professional career that embraces work flexibility is not just a dream. A partnership between FlexJobs and LinkedIn Learning, this learning path is designed to help you achieve a fulfilling career and the work flexibility to lead the life you want.

(4 Courses Feb 25, 2020)

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Leading at a Distance with Kevin Eikenberry
Lead effectively from a distance. Get tactics and strategies for empowering remote teams and team members, as well as teams that consist of remote and in-person employees.

If you have any other queries, we have a wealth of free curated online resources available remotely for our customer. I also offer an hour’s free research per separate topic for anyone with a Wellington City Libraries’ card. More in-depth research is available as well.

Inspirational stories from around the world showing how different companies are ‘keeping on’ during the COVID-19 virus

Kia ora koutou katoa. I hope that the following articles will inspire you and give you some food for thought as to how your own small business can adapt and keep on during these very challenging times, both now and in the future.

Launched nearly ten years ago Maddyness is seen as a go-to magazine for entrepreneurs, startups and< innovators. , This article is a great summary of how 19 different businesses from the UK and beyond are doing during the COVID-19 virus. It also seems to be a very good site to sign up to.

How businesses are adapting to a coronavirus pandemic economy
Small acts of resilience as businesses navigate new pressures during a pandemic.

New kiwi company offers wof solution for essential workers

Responding To Coronavirus: A Playbook For Marketing And Communications
Forrester Research is a highly regarded research company. The article was written by one of their senior analysts on March 11 before most companies entered the shutdown period. You can sign up to updates for no charge.

Use these 4 Strategies to Build a Smart Coronavirus Preparation Checklist

We may be closed but here’s a preview of which management books are in the pipeline

Helping People Change: Coaching With Compassion For Lifelong Learning And Growth [hardback] / Boyatzis, Richard
” In this powerful, practical book, there is a clear and hopeful message. The way to help someone learn and change, they say, cannot be focused primarily on problems that need to be addressed, but instead must connect to that person’s positive vision of himself or herself, to an inspiring dream or goal they’ve long held. This is what great coaches do — they know that people draw energy from their visions and dreams for themselves, and that same energy sustains their efforts to change, even through difficult times. Using rich and moving real-life stories, as well as decades of original published research on coaching and helping relationships, Helping People Change shows how coaching others around their dreams and visions opens people up to thinking creatively, helps them learn and grow in meaningful ways, and motivates them to sustain that growth far into the future..” (Catalogue)

Co-Creating Brands: Brand Management From A Co-Creative Perspective [paperback] / Schmidt, Holger
“Brand management and development has traditionally been regarded as the responsibility of the organization they design, produce and sell the brand, before delivering it to customers. Yet this approach can be needlessly restrictive, as the connective power of the internet and the desire of consumers to focus on experiences has reshaped branding.” (Catalogue)

The unfair advantage : how you already have what it takes to succeed / Ali, Ash
” This innovative book shows how to identify your own unfair advantages and apply them to any project. Drawing on over two decades of hands-on experience, including as the first Marketing Director of Just Eat, the authors offer a unique framework for assessing your external circumstances in addition to your internal strengths. Hard work and grit aren’t enough, so this book explores the importance of money, intelligence, location, education, expertise, status and luck in the journey to success. From starting your company, to gaining traction, raising funds and growth hacking, The Unfair Advantage helps you look at yourself and find the ingredients you didn’t realise you already had, to succeed in the cut-throat world of business.” (Catalogue)

The Art Of Decision Making: How We Move From Indecision To Smart Choices [hardback] / Bikart, Joseph
“The Art of Decision Making explores, analyzes and navigates the idea of volition: “the power to use one’s own will in order to make decisions.” By drawing on diverse sources, Joseph Bikart has created a precise map of the intricate paths we take when we move from will to action. Looking closely at our tears around the choices we make, Bikart helps us to delve into the intricate defense mechanisms we create around decision making and asks if these perhaps mask deeper fears around the self. The Art of Decision Making will help you to make better decisions and find the common thread between those decisions. It will show you how to follow that thread, and in so doing, move from hesitation to decisiveness. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)
Upstream : The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen / Heath, Dan
New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath explores how to prevent problems before they happen, drawing on insights from hundreds of interviews with unconventional problem solvers. So often in life, we get stuck in a cycle of response. We put out fires. We deal with emergencies. We stay downstream, handling one problem after another, but we never make our way upstream to fix the systems that caused the problems. Heath introduces us to the thinkers who have overcome these obstacles and scored massive victories by switching to an upstream mindset.. …Upstream delivers practical solutions for preventing problems rather than reacting to them. How many problems in our lives and in society are we tolerating simply because we’ve forgotten that we can fix them?” (Catalogue)

Leading Well: 7 attributes of very successful leaders [paperback] / Pich, David
“Leading Well is the second in a ‘Leadership’ series written by the team at The Institute of Managers and Leaders. In this research-driven title, David Pich interviews some of Australia’s most highly regarded leaders to find out what attributes they value and display best.” (Catalogue)