What a fantastic effort everyone in New Zealand made to get to the current situation of Zero identified COVID-19 case. A lot of sacrifices have been made and we acknowledge those who are hurting physically, mentally, financially and any other way.
The call now is for recovery, economic and social. This involves us all, Public Sector, Private Sector Not for Profits, in fact all of us ordinary (perhaps extraordinary) folk going about our daily lives, wanting the best for ourselves, our families and our friends.
Whilst some may not yet be ready to attend training courses or to hold them in-house, some of you will be wanting to progress your staff development needs. Whether it is to book someone on one of our upcoming public courses, arrange an in-house course, or to talk about your needs at this stage, we would love to hear from you. We are very flexible on dates, timings and delivery options. You can make touch through our ‘Contact Us’ page and if you are on facebook, click on the facebook symbol below and if you ‘Like’ our page, you will be able to receive updates on courses that are coming up 😀
First off may we express our sadness and condolences to those of you who have lost a loved one during this time. These are painful times for many. We are also mindful of others who are anxious due to job losses, loss of businesses and income stream. To those in Essential Services, who are putting yourselves and your families at risk, we salute you and hope that you are rewarded in many seen and unseen ways over the coming years. God bless you.
At times like these the best and sometimes sadly the worst of people come into sharp focus. I love the way many are showing those ‘acts of kindness’ that our Prime Minister is encouraging. The many positive messages, encouraging testimonies and songs that people are sharing online are also amazing. I’m not a great ‘passer-on’ of online/social media offerings, but some seem just too good to keep to oneself
During my time in the corporate world I have been fortunate to have worked for companies who put a high priority on training. I have never been asked, even during tough times, to pull the plug on our training plans. I know many of my Learning and Development colleagues have not been so fortunate, where people have been pulled out of training courses to attend to ‘matters more pressing’. The lockdown has meant we have had to put a hold on face to face training and I believe it’s the right move. I for one am not going to return to normal with public workshops too soon after the lockdown is lifted. I want to be certain that there is no risk to those attending, to our venue and to ourselves. I am also mindful that a lot of organisations will want to get up and running with their businesses before committing to people being off the job. On the other hand, there may be some who feel that it is a good time to re-train as a result of reorganisation and reassigning of people. There will be all sorts of challenges and I’m sure that staff development will be one of the many options when getting back to business. We will certainly be ready to assist if we are able to.
As a last thought, I hope that some of you working from home have had time to take advantage of the many online learning offerings available. Some will be pursuing anything from educational studies through to skills for the workplace and even kick-starting that stalled hobby or interest – playing that guitar gathering dust in the corner, learning to sketch, baking bread, etc. At this point in time we don’t have any of our material on-line, although we are working on it. I am happy however to discuss any thoughts you have and to share or explore helpful online articles or websites that could suit your needs.
Have you ever wondered what the little lock is, next to a websites web address? If you look there right now you will see the lock and depending on your browser it may be green and have the word ‘secure’. (If you don’t see it, refresh your page)
The lock and the https designation indicate we have a SSL certificate and HTTPS connection. In simple terms this means all communications between your browser and our site are securely encrypted. This would be vital if you were parting with your credit card info (which you aren’t 😃
) but in any event, any information we share is safe.
We are told that from July this year Google Chrome will be marking a website as “Not Secure” if it is not protected with a SSL certificate. Having said that, I have just clicked on a little information icon, on a site without SSL, and a warning popped up that my connection to that site was ‘not secure’. It goes on to warn that I should not enter any sensitive information. So there you have it. If you are a small business owner and don’t yet have the lock icon that represents a secure website, it may be in your interest to talk with your web host. I would be happy to share my layman web enthusiast perspectives if you would like to chat.