The great thing about doing the self paced CD or the online version of this supervisor skills training is that you can work at your own pace and at your own time. You have the benefit of being able to work around other aspects in your work and life. Your time can be more productive, but you also need to motivate yourself more.
- Allow yourself some time to get used to your study and familiarise yourself with the content.
- Contact your workplace training mentor if you have any questions or would like to talk about the tasks or information.
- Make a start! Once you get started you will soon get into the swing of things. Don't worry if you don't get it right the first time. The skills in this training course take time to develop.
- Practise, practise, practise. Just like other skills you have learned in the past you will need to practise. Choose one thing that you are going to try out this week and focus on that. Once you are comfortable with that skill add something else. You can practise with your workplace mentor first and then try things out in the workplace. As you progress you will get more confident about using the skills.
- Don't get bogged down – If you are struggling with one section or in applying the skill. Leave it and then return to it in a few days. Talk to your workplace mentor and work out how to make it relevant to your workplace.
- Study in small blocks – Don’t sit down and think you have to complete the whole course or even a whole module at one time. It is better to just do an hour and work through one section of one module and then practise the skills and do the work book tasks before moving on to the next section.
- Think about making the information relevant to your workplace – Every workplace and team is different so when you are reading the information think about how you can adapt the information to suit you and your work environment.
- When you are studying try to minimise distractions – find a quiet office or if you are at home close the door and ask your family not to disturb you.
If you are studying at a computer consider the ergonomics of the work station.
|An ergonomic workstation
- Are you sitting correctly now?
- Can you feel any muscle strain in your back, arms, neck or legs, or any general body strain?
- Make sure you are sitting correctly, and everything you need is within reach.
- Think about the consequences of not using correct posture at work. If you are not sure check with an OHS person in your office.
|Most people find study a challenge that leads to rewards such as a sense of achievement, a new job, possession of a certificate. Remember to enjoy the process as well as where it is leading you.