|Katri's Quick Social Media Skills Test for Manager and Organizations ( 2011, page 62 )|
The first Coronavirus action week is back here in Finland. The Ministry of Education has closed schools from the primary education to the higher education since Wednesday 18th of March. I also acted in the front line with our executive team to find solutions, how to organize distance/online learning for our higher education students.
The first act took place during last the weekend (14-15.3.2020) before our government gave the new regulations. Together with our team leader of Digimentors, we established a Digi Clinic for our staff. The Digi Clinic opened the online doors on Monday morning 16th of March and all our Digimentors started to have open sessions e.g. using of Teams, Skype or Zoom on online teaching. Today (Sunday 22.3) we have 375 participants taking part to Clinic´s activities with 12 facilitators of the staff. I'm so proud of Metropolia UAS ´s staff', how everyone wanted to help, share their knowledge and skills in this new situation, where the "digital jump" to 100 % online working culture was done in one week.
This all, what happend so quickly during last week brings to my mind a few ideas for online working:
- Thank you social media media for teaching us to communicate online since a decade ago,
- Although many of us are active in social media, it does not mean having good online teaching or working skills, but it does help, when you have good online communication skills
- The Internet is now full of information, how to survive in this new culture of online working. I want to share these helpful nine tips for online meetings from John Brooker,
- I have started to use the Teams Planner to plan my online working week. I plan the whole week from Monday to Friday as Buckets. I look the meetings in my calendar and check, what I have to do myself beforehand and/or with whom and which co-operative online-tools will be needed. I also use a lot of chat e.g. Whatsup for quick communication and Google Docs for co-working. Next, I was going to challenge myself by learning how to make podcasts for instant messaging,
- Tomorrow morning I will start the new week with two digital morning coffee/tea, one with my own team and another later with Digimentors. I´m looking for new tips, how I could develope my online working/leading skills and have better manuscript for online working week. I´m more than happy of all kind of tips.
As a conclusion, I go back to the begin of this blog and the picture of Katri´s Quick Test for Social Media Skills, which I developed in my MBA studies. I think a worker/teacher/team leader/manager/executive can change the word "social media" to "online working" skills and evaluate, how she/he manages in this new 100% online working life.
Here you are, more detailed descriptions of four levels of ONLINE WORKING- skills, which you can use and evaluate your online working skills.
KATRI´S QUICK ONLINE WORKING SKILLS TEST:
- the 0- level person is ONLINE- PREVENTER, who has never been or worked online communities (e.g. Teams, Zoom or Google tools). He or she is afraid of online working and defends himself/herself against online working which is nonsense and waste of time. He/she feels fear against online working,
- the 1- level person is ONLINE- SUSPECTOR, who has created profiles or accounts to online working networks. He/she is a passive watcher, who follows what others are doing, but he/she is not participating e.g. online discussions. He/she feels insecure while being on online networks.
- the 2- level person is ONLINE- TESTER, who is both active and passive social media user, while sharing and participating in online communities. He/she is wondering is or isn‟t online working "my cup of tea". He/she feels insecurity/security while acting on online working networks.
- the 3- level person is ONLINE- CROWDSOURCER, who is an active online working person in several online working networks. He/she gives/gets positive feedback with others participants and therefore he/she is also engaged in online working networks and acts like a co-operative developer. He/she feels security and success while acting on online working networks.
What are your test results? Are you as an online worker: 1) a preventer, 2) a suspector, 3) a tester or 4) a crowdsources? And one day, when a miracle has happened and you will wake up and you have achieved the perfect online working skills for yourself. What kind of online worker you are then, and how much you give yourself time to achieve these online working skills and what will you do next?