Weekend Poll: Communications amid your evolving career

We’re looking at all things communication in this hybrid world of ours

¡Hola! from Spain. I’m in the midst of travels combining presentations and further explorations of this world of ours.

Having had the opportunity to be in touch with assistants from a number of different countries, I’ve been learning anecdotally about how some of you are hot desking in the midst of hybrid careers. More than a few people have bid farewell to the concept of having your own desk or office.

Mindful that situations can vary from one assistant, employer, community and country to another, I’ve prepared this latest Weekend Poll to explore not only how you’re working, but also how you’re communicating with your principals (bosses) and other colleagues.

… and that includes assertiveness and negotiation skills, and your readiness to self-promote

Assistants often step forward to speak up for and negotiate on behalf of colleagues, employers and other stakeholders, and promote others. Think of the conversations you have and the pencil sharpening you encourage when undertaking offsite event planning, or other services and purchases you coordinate on behalf of the office.

Many who are engaged in a healthy workplace culture are also stellar brand ambassadors, and actively promote their organisations. 

… but are you comfortable with self-promotion and negotiating on your own behalf?

How comfortable, then, are you at communicating your own value, articulating your goals and negotiating and advocating on your own behalf? 

All this, of course, leads to the topic of my latest Weekend Poll:

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How is your career unfolding, and how are you doing with asserting and promoting yourself in this hybrid world of ours?

Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below.

very comfortableit doesn't come naturally, yet I can do itvery uncomfortable
I'm working entirely in my traditional office environment and desk/officeI'm working mostly in my office environment, and hot deskingMy career is hybrid; I work both at home and in the officeI work entirely remotelyI'm working mostly remotely, with exceptions
I've maintained my pre-pandemic desk/office spaceI now hot desk when in the office
works entirely in the traditional office environment and officeworks mostly in the office environment, and hot deskinghybrid career, working in both at home and in the officeworks entirely remotelyworking remotely, with exceptions
emailface to face - in personmessaging through one platform or anotherphone - audio conversationsthrough a screen - virtual meetings
emailface to face - in personmessaging through one platform or anotherphone - audio conversationsthrough a screen - virtual meetings
0%25% or less26-50% of our meetings51-75% of our meetings76-99% of our meetings100% of our meetings
YesNoNot yet; we've adopted some practices but not documented a set of guidelines or principlesWe've been talking about it but haven't progressed beyond that stageWe're actively working on this now
YesNoNot to this point, yet this is a good idea and I'll do so
1 - very uncomfortable2 - not a natural, but I can do it3 - very comfortable
1 - very uncomfortable2 - not a natural, but I can do it3 - very comfortable
It's a weak pointI'm fairly good at negotiationsn in generalI'm good at negotiating in general
1 - very uncomfortable2 - not a natural, but I can do it3 - very comfortable
It's a weak pointI'm fairly good at negotiating on my own behalfI'm good at negotiating on my own behalf
1 - No2 - Somewhat, though I believe some of my contributions &/or abilities go unrecognised3 - Yes
Yes - and that's because I like to keep a low profileYesNoI'd like to elevate or restore it

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