Though I am not yet full energy post-surgery, I am glad to return to my regular blogging. I enjoy sharing the latest research article, summarizing critical aspects of the latest hot topics, exploring a controversial issue, and updating on my professional advancements. Needless to say, it’s good to be back!
Beginning my last semester of graduate school, I have the privilege of taking the Capstone Course – the culminating experience for the School of Public Environmental Affairs (SPEA) on IUPUI’s campus. SPEA faculty have cultivated a unique relationship with the Mayor’s Office in Indianapolis. Working in small groups of four to five, my classmates and I have the opportunity to address a special initiative – identified and requested by the mayor.
In starting this extensive group project, I pause to consider my priorities in a work environment. For this semester-long task, group process and project management are key to success.
This is a critical process for nonprofit professionals. Often, we are asked to explain our passions for specific missions, but what about our passions for certain circumstances? What is important to you in a work place, considering the infrastructure/policy and the culture/norms?
Here are my priorities. Please leave a comment to add to this list!
- Communication preferences are clearly explained and reasonable. Am I able to get a hold of co-workers in a timely manner?
- Opportunities for growth are offered. Can I cross-train for a new skill, shadow a different position, miss a morning for a local workshop, be reimbursed for a professional membership fee, read a book on the latest & greatest on the clock?
- Commitment is key. Is there a standard of meeting stated goals? Is a yes a true yes?
- Projects are designed wthinin practical limitations. Are contraints of time and money considered fully?
- Collaboration is encouraged. Do policies promote teamwork over individual achievement?