Welcome to the August ASA Update 

Welcome to the ASA Update for August.  This month we’ve got information on the ASA End of Project Evaluation, Bitesize Learning on WorkLife, and How to tackle your To Do Lists, as well as Congratulations to More Learners who have received their accredited training certificates.

ASA Project Evaluation

We thought we would share some more end of project evaluation results with you.

Learning done as part of the ASA project

Learning that has given people the biggest sense of achievement:

We asked people what learning they had done that had given them the biggest sense of achievement. Some of the recurring responses were:

Developing Training SkillsProject managementPersonal and career development
Universal CreditMentoringMental health awareness
Moving into management and leadershipStay focused, stay well (stress management and prioritising workload)Action Learning Sets Facilitation
People were asked to describe why the learning had been such an achievement for them. Here are a few responses:
 

“Learned about myself, styles of learning and the benefits of reflective practice. Realised that the soft skills and personal development is as important in the workplace as knowledge of subject areas”
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“I had never done any learning for many years. Now confident to source further courses.”
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“The course enabled me to deal with client’s issues that I wouldn't have known about previously and has made me want to learn more about mental health.”

As part of the survey, people were asked to describe the ASA project in 3 words or short sentences, using the words we developed a word cloud – the bigger the word, the more often it was used:

Congratulations To The Following

More learners have completed their accredited training and have received their certificates:

Citizens Advice Halton
Congratulations to: Colette for completing her ILM Level 3 Unit in Managing Workplace Projects.
 
Citizens Advice Liverpool
Congratulations to: Angela, Claire and Njideka for completing their ILM Level 3 Unit in Leading and Motivating a Team Effectively.
 
Citizens Advice Knowsley
Congratulations to: Amanda for completing her ILM Level 3 Unit in Managing Workplace Projects.
 
Citizens Advice Sefton
Congratulations to Denise, Grant and Rachel for completing their ILM Level 3 Unit in Leading and Motivating a Team Effectively.

Citizens Advice St Helens
Congratulations to: Kevin for completing his ILM Level 3 Unit in Managing Workplace Projects.  Mike for completing his ILM Level 3 Unit in Understanding Good Practice in Workplace Mentoring.
 
Citizens Advice Wirral
Congratulations to: Carol, Christopher and Sylvie for completing their ILM Level 3 Unit in Understanding Good Practice in Workplace Mentoring.  Joy for completing her ILM Level 3 Unit in Managing Workplace Projects. Debbie for completing her ILM Level 3 Unit in Leading and Motivating a Team Effectively.
 
The Women’s Organisation
Congratulations to: Susan and Laura for completing their ILM Level 3 Unit in Leading and Motivating a Team Effectively (in January – sorry for the late congratulations). Shola, Jo and Thiri for completing their ILM Level 3 Unit in Leading and Motivating a Team Effectively.  Laura and Victoria for completing their ILM Level 3 unit in Understanding Good Practice in Workplace Mentoring.  Sarah for completing her ILM Level 3 Unit in Managing Workplace Projects.

Bitesize Learning

What do Arianna Huffington and a former FBI Hostage Negotiator have in common?

They’ve both taken part in Professor Adam Grant’s podcast for TED, called WorkLife.

Adam Grant is an American Organisational Psychologist who is interested in how to make work better for people. His podcasts have interviews and discussions on things like ‘Networking for people who hate networking’, ‘The perils of following your career passion’, and ‘When work takes over your life’.

Ranging between 30 to 40 minutes, these TED (audio only) podcasts can provide a great way to switch off from work in your lunchtime. With interviews and contributions from people who are trying to do things a little bit differently in the workplace, as well as other psychologists, the podcasts provide an easy way to start thinking outside the box about the world of work.

If you like the podcasts, then why not check out some of Adam Grant’s articles:

An article on how to deal with burnout – burnout was recently recognised by the World Health organisation (WHO) – by dealing with your To-Do Lists.

This article describes how limiting your work in progress (WIP) by setting a limit for how many things you’ll be actively working on, and sticking to the limit – using post it notes can help deal with To Do Lists that are too long, and burnout that can leave people feeling unable to tackle even simple, straightforward tasks.

How to tackle your To-Do Lists (The Guardian)