Personal effectiveness is a skill which is much required in corporate organizations. A person with this specific skill knows how to use the time and resources at their disposal to perform to the best of their abilities in their workplace. A large part of personal effectiveness is self-management, which means regulating one’s thoughts and emotions towards achieving both personal and professional goals. These days, digital learning is used to develop a number of skills in employees, and can be used to inculcate personal effectiveness in an organization’s employees too, putting them on the road to continuous growth and success. Personal effectiveness is developed in a learner by focusing on three aspects: Self, Time and Stress. Let us see how digital learning can be used to help learners/employees manage these three aspects and boost their personal effectiveness.
- Managing Self
Managing self begins by understanding the self. Managing the self is the beginning of boosting personal effectiveness. This part of a digital learning course will focus on clearing the mind of the chatter that inhibits clear thinking, understanding what the learner wants, tricks to help the learner focus, and what should the learner focus on depending on what they want (their professional or personal goal). This is done using simulations, interactivities and videos. The digital learning course will also include a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, threat) analysis of oneself in order to raise self-awareness. Managing self allows a learner to set goals easily and get work done more efficiently.
- Managing Time
The second part of a digital learning course will focus on managing time. Most employees are unable to get things done effectively due to poor time management. A digital learning course will focus on tips and tricks to effectively plan and organize your day-to-day routine, e.g. to-do lists, calendars, reminders and the like. It will also educate the learner on how to prioritize tasks in order to manage time. This will teach learners to weigh what they value most and what needs their attention at a specific time. In addition, it will also guide the learner in ways they can delegate their work on the basis of set priorities. The digital learning course will also include sections on self-discipline and avoiding procrastination, which are barriers to effective time management.
- Managing Stress
This is what the third part of a digital learning course will cover, and perhaps the hardest aspect of personal effectiveness to manage. The fast-paced corporate life stresses everyone out, from the lowliest employees to the most senior stakeholders, and key to not let it affect your work negatively is to learn to manage it. The course will focus on the hard facts about stress, what it is and how it affects performance; tips for handling pressure, avoiding burnout and performing at your peak; how to prevent, identify, and address the signs of stress as well as how to understand the difference between pressure and stress. Stress is inevitable, but knowing what to do at times when you are stressing out will allow employees to cope with it, learn how to relax and get things done effectively.
Meeting the daily challenge managing professional and personal responsibilities requires a strategy. Developing personal effectiveness is that strategy. Being self-aware, making the most of your strengths, learning new skills and techniques and developing behavioural flexibility are all key to improving your personal effectiveness. It’ll help employees find innovative ways to achieve goals, pay attention to their competition and learn from them, respond quickly to customers, while also being able to enjoy their lives outside work.
Digital learning is not limited to eLearning, but includes latest learning and development technology and strategies like mobile learning, microlearning and gamification (to name a few) which are suited to the modern workforce. These ensure that learners retain the information presented to them, and apply the skills they learn when the need arises. Because digital learning is very effective in developing declarative and procedural knowledge, and can document trainee’s responses, interpret them, and provide appropriate practice modules to improve areas of weakness, it is quite useful in inculcating personal effectiveness in employees. Talk to the concerned authorities in your organization and develop a digital learning course on personal effectiveness. If you don’t have a digital learning program in your organization, get started on implementing one as soon as possible.
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