There are quite a few buzzwords floating around these days, aren’t there?

Ones I hear include the following.

  • Lean.
  • Agile.
  • Digital.
  • Collaboration.
  • Remote working.
  • Distributed global workforce.

These words and phrases are on-trend because the nature of business is changing – and changing pretty fast.

Lean is all about eliminating waste and increasing operational efficiency. Companies look at ways to streamline their processes and offer greater value for clients and customers.

Agile is about an approach that encourages employees to work how, when and where they want. Leaders are beginning to understand the performance and health benefits of allowing their people greater flexibility.

We haven’t quite reached the paperless office but the world is increasingly digital. More and more invoicing, document signing, and collaborate creation and editing, is now done online.Leaning into the Lean

Collaboration is the buzz word of the moment. It’s all about how you can get people working together faster, smarter and with better results. Two reasons it’s so on-trend right now are the rise of remote working and the more widely distributed workforces of growing global brands.

Companies are making different use of office space. They want to work smarter. So it’s not about having the biggest buildings or having all your staff in one place.

Today, increasing numbers of employees work together from different parts of the country and globe.

They can do so because of advancements in communications and data technology. You can share your computer screen with people anywhere in the world and collaborate in real-time.

There’s a move towards smaller, more flexible meeting space. You may have heard of the words agile, hub, hive, ideation, stand-ups, scrum, huddle creeping into conversations.

Which can only be a good thing for the VA who knows her stuff.

Companies and small business owners are becoming used to working with people remotely – on the phone, via video conferencing, through online meetings and collaboration tools.

So working with a VA appears a very natural way of getting things done.

And the more you know about the applications and collaborative functions within Microsoft Office 365, the more your skills and knowledge will appeal to potential clients.

You may even find yourself knowing more things than the people you work for. You may have opportunities to share the advantages of features like Teams, which remove the need to rely on Zoom and make real-time collaboration easier.

Leaning into the LeanWhen you are able to help clients save time, money and hassle they will love you for it.

And, of course, being super-efficient and productive yourself gives you the same lift.

It gives you time back for you. Time back for your family. Time to rest, refresh and re-energise. Maybe even out that work-life balance a little more in favour of you.

Lean into the lean world. Adapt to the agile ways of working in business today. Be confident with your communications and collaborations.

P.S. If you are ready to improve your Microsoft Office skills, take a look at my range of online training courses. Learn what you need when you want, where you want and at your own pace.