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Office Mentors – CTRL_Shift – Home Office 2.0
How to optimize your shift to work in a home office.
Reach out to Elizabeth Verwey at Office Mentors to get more done! One of us will support you on a two hour Zoom or FaceTime session to get through this stressful time. It’s $300 (discounted price) CAD and we will follow up with you to ensure that you stay on track. Looking forward to meeting you, soon. Contact 416-729-1713 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Time Management vs Self-Management
Cultivating the discipline required to work from home
We can’t actually manage time; we can only manage ourselves.
Creating templates to plan out your work can be useful. Develop a template; test-drive it for one week and measure how effective it is for you. There are many ways to improve your productivity. Use blocks of time to focus on chunks of tasks.
Hot tip: Get one important task done before you open your e-mail each morning. It’s a habit that’s worth cultivating!
Remain flexible in these fast moving times
With some staff needing to work from home, and various configurations of technology, it’s an important time to be open minded about who does what. Job responsibilities may need to be exchanged. And, you may find yourself with new responsibilities. If it becomes too much to carry, talk it through with the team to find out if there’s anyone willing to step up to support the team.
Hot tip: There’s a (virtual) army of Virtual Assistants who can step in on a short term basis to support your team.
Set smart objectives and develop success metrics
It’s important to have goals and objectives, and those goals may shift. If you report to others, prepare and send in a Friday update to let them know what you’ve accomplished each week. If you are overseeing a team, ask for weekly updates to rest assured that the team is making steady progress.
Hot tip: Track what you’re doing each day/week. At some point, you will be asked for details and it will be harder to prepare in the future. We also have tips to juggle children with your work.
Seek Support; phone and check-in with a friend/colleague
When we are used to working on a team in an office, it can be challenging to adjust to working from home. Reach out to a supportive professional to learn some tips and tricks to get more done each day. We’re available via FaceTime or Zoom meetings and would be delighted to help you become more effective and efficient as you adjust to working from your home office.
Hot tip: Set up a series of hourly check in calls with a colleague who’s working on any tasks. When you state clearly what you’ll do over the next hour and agree to check in (in an hour), you may find it easier to stay on track. Hold each other accountable to get more done!
Know the tools available to optimize the experience
Remote work requires a mind shift and as well as a new or expanded toolkit. Transitioning from in-person to digital can be seamless if you have the right tools. We’ve all become accustomed to using Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts, but your business will need more robust systems. You need solutions for staying connected, marketing your business, organising yourself, your teams and clients, sharing documents while staying secure, collaborative project management as well as sales and payment mechanisms.
Hot tip: There is no one size fits all package of tools and it can be overwhelming, but we guarantee that there are software/hardware/services to fit your virtual needs. We’ll help you clarify what you need and find the correct tools for you.
Elizabeth has been helping clients get a better balance between work and their personal lives for over 20 years. Now, she is helping people create the life they want. Are you ready to talk it through with someone who can help you discover new paths? Dreams do come true! Her Life Mentoring program supports people to take the steps they want to take to get where they want to go. She has resources to share and fresh ideas to get out of your own way. We have a one way ticket in this life. Let’s map out a journey that will move you towards your best life!
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All this for $400 per month. The three month term will get you started on your journey! Call Elizabeth at 416-729-1713 to set up a discovery call to find out if this is a good fit for you to discover and explore your own dreams.
Ad Hoc Mentoring Program
This customized service is ready when you need it. You meet with your Mentor for two-hours to brainstorm and problem solve around your specific business challenges. You will gain clarity around the small steps needed to create the future you desire.
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This service is best for experienced business owners who want to meet with someone on an ad hoc basis to gather the information and guidance they require from an experienced mentor.
Customized Mentoring Programs
Created for organizations, our Customized Mentoring Programs strengthen collaborative practices and maximize organizational capacity. We can develop a program to meet your needs and test and measure the results.
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- Develop leadership programs for managers
- Empower experienced managers to share their expertise
- Structure programs to strengthen participants’ networks
We have developed many customized mentoring programs. These have been powerful programs to support workers and management in unionized and non-unionized environments. Call Elizabeth Verwey at 416-729-1713 to discuss your mentoring needs.
Ongoing Mentoring Program
Build your business quickly by brainstorming with an experienced entrepreneur. You will establish new habits and put better systems in place. The Ongoing Mentoring Program works with you to establish realistic goals, develop skills, and get more done, so you can GROW your business! Your Mentor will hold you accountable to keep you balanced and your company on track.
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Growing a business requires an ongoing commitment but you can lose yourself or your family and friends in the process. Cut your learning curve and enjoy stronger results in less time with The Weekly Mentoring Program.
The Weekly Mentoring Program helps you to establish realistic goals, develop new habits and skills, and get more done, all while you GROW your business! After each meeting, you will receive an email identifying the agreed upon action steps for the week. These steps will be spelled out, and broken down into bite-sized chunks of work clarifying how you will accomplish these goals. Your Mentor will hold you accountable to keep you balanced and your business on track.
Give us a call when you’re ready to see beyond your own vision.
Please note: Initially you work with your Mentor for 3 months. This protects your investment by ensuring that there is enough time to develop new habits and see fundamental progress. After the initial three months, the agreement runs month to month.
“The Non-Profit Mentors Circle has embedded capacity in the agencies that have participated in the Train the Trainer peer mentoring program developed by Elizabeth. Senior managers are active in the learning process and take these tools and experience back to make a powerful impact in their organizations.”
“Elizabeth Verwey worked as a partner with us at OCASI as we perfected our peer mentoring project. She considered our future requirements as we developed this program and contributed the expertise and infrastructure we required to make it successful.”
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We offer a number of workbooks, e-Books, audio books and more, all with solid business advice and concepts that will support people make lasting positive changes in their work-life balance.