Working with People in Business Environment: NVQ Diploma
NVQ Certificate: Working With Other People
This is a Group B optional unit at Level Three with a total of four credits. Upon completing this unit, the candidate will understand how to support an organisation’s overall mission and purpose, how to work as a team to achieve goals and objectives, communicate as part a team, deal with problems and disagreements, be able to work in a team to achieve goals and objectives, deal with problems in a team, and be able to share feedback on objectives in a team. They will also understand the contributions of team members and the purpose of feedback when working as a team.
I have also written a personal statement about how to give and receive feedback, which I thought would be relevant to this unit. Please have a look at the link below!
Giving and receiving feedback - A personal statement.
Another relevant personal statement for this unit.
Please do not copy anything here. This article is meant help you gain an understanding of what organisations expect. Relate this advice to your own work area and organisation. Thank you for your co-operation.
1.1 Explain How Your Organisation Works.
My organisation is an equal opportunity employer. My organisation considers the values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours shared by all the employees and works with neighbouring organisations.
1.2 What Is Your Organisation's Mission and Purpose?
My organisation’s mission is to serve the people with respect for the economic, social, and environmental well-being of community.
1.3 How Does Your Organisation Work With Other Organisations?
My organisation is one of the _______________________ (deleted for confidentiality purpose). As such, my organisation works closely with other organisations and takes into consideration the values, ethics, and beliefs of employees and people. It makes internal adjustments to adapt to and integrate those values, ethics, and beliefs.
1.4 What Are Your Main Responsibilities? How Do These Fit in with Your Organisation's Structure? Explain How Your Responsibilities Contribute to Your Organisati
My main responsibilities as a team administrator are to facilitate smooth running of various administrative procedures in the office. I also manage certain departmental administrative duties by helping my locality manager and the Head of Services. I deal with the processing of purchase orders for all of the ____________, thereby avoiding any late payments or overdue accounts. I prepare, present, and distribute panel requests for care packages, which facilitates the business support and finance teams in carrying out their duties and ensures that clients receive their funding on time. I also help my team and my senior with other administrative duties, of which IT plays a very important role.
I also help with typing, mailing, archiving, filing, data management, arranging meetings, and taking minutes.
I cover reception for tea and lunch breaks, taking calls from clients and connecting them to the correct department.
1.5 Describe the Policies, Procedures, Systems, and Values of Your Organisation That Are Relevant to Your Role.
Strategy development is the overall process of establishing where we are now, where we want to be, and how we are going to get there.
I follow various strategies to manage deadlines, time, and stress every day in my work life.
Policy-making requires a clear position on a function, service, or issue to provide a framework or set of principles that determine decisions, actions, and approaches to those matters.
As an employee of this organisation, I strive to abide by the policies and procedures of my organisation.
A plan sets out a method of progressing from the current situation to one or more desired outcomes.
In my day-to-day work, I plan everything with the SMART objective.
A procedure sets out a series of related steps to accomplish a specific task or carry out a particular activity. The steps are the precise description of the what, when, who, why, and how of any particular activity
I follow organisational procedures in all that I do at work.
I feel that good strategy and policy development is key to improving services and outcomes for local people. The demands on the Council’s limited resources are significant. It is important, therefore, that I am clear where I and the employer want to be and how to focus resources to achieve the vision and strategic objectives and improve outcomes for local people.
1.6 When Is it Appropriate to Seek Guidance From Others When You Are Unsure About Objectives, Policies, Systems Procedures, and Values?
It is appropriate to seek guidance from others when I am unsure about the objectives, policies, systems procedures, and values because that way I avoid errors and the possibility of slipping away from conforming to the organisation’s aims.
2.1 What Are the Purposes and Benefits of Working With Other People to Achieve Agreed Goals and Objectives?
An effective team is much more than a group of people who are put together to accomplish a goal.
The purpose and benefits of working with other people to achieve agreed goals and objectives are as follows:
Team building is a process that requires several development stages to avoid troubles and setbacks.
The teams need to spend some time exploring and understanding their purpose and vision. They then need to set goals and objectives so that they can stay focused on their objectives.
Conflict is an inevitable consequence of working with other people. Different opinions, values, and styles can lead to disagreements within the team, but all disagreements should be considered carefully. This care will help the team run effectively.
Roles and Structure
Each member of the team works and thinks differently. These differences, when put together on a team, can maximise team performance if the right people are employed in the right role.
Team and Member Development
No matter what role a person plays on a team or what tasks he or she has been assigned, there is almost always room for personal improvement. When the individuals on a team are functioning at high capacity, the team itself flourishes.
Understanding and Cooperation
On a successful team, all members work in the same direction towards a common goal.
When priorities and goals differ or diverge from what is required, unnecessary stress and tensions will appear within the team. Cooperation and sharing a goal are important for the team to be successful
2.2 Give Examples of When You Have Worked With Others to Achieve Positive Results.
There have been instances when the team received deadlines and my manager and I teamed up to finish the job at the right time. This happened several times and the end results were fantastic. Our team's overall performance improved enormously each time.
2.3 What Is the Purpose and Benefit of Sharing Work Goals and Plans When Working With Others?
Generally, we are working towards the same goal for the success of the business. Within a business, we all have our own tasks to perform and goals to achieve. If we are all aware of each others goals, then we can offer support. Team-work means we are all working towards the same end, but we can only do that if we know what we can expect from each other and where we are each heading
By working with others, I will develop a better understanding of how to work with other people to achieve shared goals. I will learn how to:
- figure out what needs to be done;
- discuss and decide who will handle which task and be clear about what everyone is doing;
- decide on timescales and resources to get my tasks done on time;
- get together and talk about how I’m progressing—what went well and what didn't;
- agree with the others on ways I might be able to improve;
- find ways of working together that work;
- support my team mates;
- take on different roles;
- deal with difficult situations and relationships;
- know where to go to for help.
By working with others, I can use the skills of my whole group to get a job done successfully. I’ll be able to share my skills and learn new ways of working from other people. I'll also get to share and receive new ideas.
2.4 Describe Two Situations in Which Other Team Members Have Needed Support.
I remember twice when I had to cover the duties of a different area: Once when the team member was for three months, and once when there was no admin at all for more than a month. It helped me understand how capable I was and how I could cope with and manage almost double the amount of work.
There have also been a few instances when I trained new admin staff in different areas. I have remained available to support and advise them over the phone, personally, or via emails.
2.5 Describe at Least Two Occasions When You Provided Support. Describe How You Helped.
The first occasion I can remember is when I helped my head of services with some data collation relative to panel. He had to go in for a meeting with the assistant Director. I collated a year's worth of data in two hours and presented it to him in a neat format (month-wise) to present before the meeting.
The second occasion is when I assisted my senior in a data cleansing process. This collaboration helped our team improve its overall performance.
2.6 Explain the Purpose and Benefits of Agreeing Upon Quality Measures Within a Team.
Quality measures are agreed upon within a team to keep the organisation's standards high. This process will then reflect on the company's image.
Every member of a team works differently. When a team sets quality standards and goals, everyone in the team will have to work toward producing that result. The team members will constantly communicate to know what is going on and what has to be done to finish the work. This process helps to avoid repeating any tasks and wasting resources.
3.1 Describe Times When it Was Essential to Communicate With People on Your Team.
One situation when I must communicate effectively with my team is whenever meetings are re-scheduled, training dates are cancelled, or venues change for meetings or training. To avoid complications, I cannot delay in communicating this information.
There have also been instances when I have had to communicate information to the team and entire department. I made sure that the details were accurate and free of errors, as this can affect the smooth running of the organisation.
3.3 What Are the Benefits of Effective Communication Within a Team?
The foundation of a good business team is regular and complete communication. Confusion and conflict arise when communication is poor. The team must also be open and honest to be a successful team.
The benefits of effective communication are:
Productivity depends largely on communication. By communicating properly and effectively, confusion can be avoided, which will help people achieve their goals.
Customer happiness is a high priority. Communication with customers will make them feel respected and valued.
As a team, we should always be ready to communicate honestly and openly and to listen to each other. Every member should be valued and respected, as everyone possess valuable skills and talents. When put together, these steps will help to produce an efficient team.
Identify a Range of Communication Methods.
Verbal communication is anything spoken directly. This type includes statements, meetings, presentations, and feedback and it is the best way for teams to understand one another and be understood.
Nonverbal communication can work best when ideas and input must be gathered, but meeting in-person is not possible.This type of communication saves resources, time, and finances. However, nonverbal communication can produce confusion and misunderstanding if it isn't consistent with verbal communication.
A less common type of team communication is the presentation. It is easy to get the point across to several people at the same time. This type is best when processes and procedures need to be explained to a group or when a smaller group within the team collaborates to create a report for the larger group.
Debate is a healthy form of team communication that encourages members to disagree and challenge norms. It helps people to voice their ideas and concerns. This type is best when team members need to explore new ideas and brainstorm. Debate provides time for expression, feedback, and healthy change.
Feedback helps team members to receive constructive input and helps individuals and the team to improve.
4.1 What Is the Purpose and Benefit of Acknowledging the Strengths of Others?
Acknowledging people for “just” doing their jobs has two great benefits:
1. They are reminded, or perhaps see for the first time, that their work matters and that the results of their actions are helping to solve a problem, save money, and fulfil obligations.
2. They are reminded that they have a choice in what they do and that when they choose to be of service their employer, customers, colleagues, and suppliers appreciate it.
4.2 What Is the Purpose and Benefits of Respecting Individuals Working Within a Team?
Everyone needs and deserves respect. There are some specific advantages of showing appropriate respect in the workplace. One is that employees begin to accept their mistakes in the right sense and strive to rectify them. Employees who feel respected strive for the well-being and the success of the organization.
Showing respect in the workplace helps the organization to function in unison. Thomas Jefferson said, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness..."
5.1 Explain the Types of Problems and Disagreements That may Occur When Working With Others. Give Examples.
The types of problems and disagreements that may occur when working with others are:
- Differences of opinion: Sometimes these differences are not easy to resolve, especially if neither answer is right.
- Incompetence: This is another hard one to resolve. An incompetent person may not realise that they are not effective. Often additional training can help.
- Dishonesty: This gives the person a bad reputation
- Disagreements about workloads.
- Problems/disagreements over lunch breaks, annual leave, holidays, etc.
- Difference regards to work style.
Disagreements often arise from not minding your own business. It is best to follow the rules of your employment.
5.2 Give Two Examples of Problems and Disagreements That may Occur When Working With Others. Include Ways to Resolve the Problem.
The best way to resolve any problem or disagreement is to compromise, be as flexible as possible, and seek the leaders' mediation.
People need to be held accountable for what they say, either by writing and signing accusatory statements or keep their mouths shut.
Problems can be overcome by assigning roles for different members and talking the issue out. Face-to-face discussions involving management and grievance procedures can also help resolve issues at work.
6.1 Explain Why it Is Important to Give and Receive Feedback. Give Examples of When You Have Done This.
Constructive feedback is important as it helps the employees do their work more efficiently. It also helps the team and the organisation do their jobs.
To feedback effectively, try to make it a positive process and experience.
- It has to be timely. The closer to the event I address the issue, the better.
- Feedback has to be regularly given.
- I have to prepare my comments before giving feedback.
- I have to be specific, telling the person exactly what they need to improve on.
- Always find a safe and private place to give feedback,
- Feedback should be limited to specific issues, rather than several.
- Be very careful to include positive feedback too. This helps the person feel confident and motivated to improve.
- Make sure you inform the person what needs to be done to improve the situation and give useful suggestions.
- Feedback is given to improve performance, so be sure to follow up.
Receiving Feedback Effectively
Very similar to giving feedback, it is very important to receive feedback too. No one is perfect!
- We have to make sure we ask for feedback from our team members and manager as we always do not see our mistakes. I always ask for feedback from my manager during my supervision.
- When receiving feedback, stay calm and listen. It is for your own good!
- If you do not understand something, stay calm and ask the person giving feedback to rephrase it for you.
- While receiving feedback, ask for examples and suggestions to avoid misunderstandings.
- After the feedback session, sit down and reflect.
6.2 How Do You Use Feedback to Improve Individual Work and the Team as a Whole?
Feedback can be used in several ways. It helps you realise and identify how members of the team and other departments feel you can improve. Critical feedback is useful. It can be helpful to ask for feedback from a few other people on the same issue to see if everyone feels the same way.
A team can use feedback to introduce common ways of working together to achieve targets.
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