It may seem that everyone who works for a technology company knows a lot about computers. Well, I can tell you firsthand, that is not always the case.
I have worked for RFX for a little over 10 years in the areas of human resources, accounts payable and accounts receivable. While I am pretty good at managing the software that I use daily, simple technology fixes can be challenging for me. I count my blessings that I am surrounded by super smart people who stay patient with me through it all!
Moving to a remote office was intimidating to say the least. Luckily, my husband was by my side making sure all my accessories were connected properly as well as ensuring that our internet was secure and had enough strength for us to share this space in our home. I initially worked hard to recreate my office space to make the transition as seamless as possible. Little by little I have adjusted my space until I created the “perfect” space to focus and work.
To make things a little more exciting, I am also a preschool teacher. Moving to remote teaching was terrifying. I had no idea how I could possibly connect to my little ones in a way that was engaging and fun for them. But in the blink of an eye, RFX team members were helping me set up a Zoom account, a YouTube channel, and even working to edit and upload things for me as I adjusted.
So, what are my takeaways?
- You can do more than you think you can. Take a breath and move forward, but whatever you do, don’t stop.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If it takes you more than a few minutes to figure it out and you know others who can do it in their sleep, by all means use your resources. Your time is better spent on your own areas of strength.
- Let those people who help you know how much you appreciate them. A little kindness and respect goes a long way. Everyone wants to know that they are valued. Be sure they know they are.
- Be comfortable learning something new. You are capable, even if you’re an old Grandma like me! Take notes if you need to but keep learning and keep growing. Technology really can be your friend.
- Keep your software updated. I am always a little leery of change (ok, more like panicky) but I have learned that it is easier to adjust to the minor changes that come with an upgrade than the glitches that come from using older programs.
- If you’re not sure what it is, don’t click on it! It’s a lot easier to do a quick bit of research to make sure what you have is legitimate rather than needing to have your system repaired after it has been compromised.
- Restart your computer if things are acting hooey, especially if you have changed locations. LOL. I have been reminded of this easy fix multiple times now, and it works more times than not!
Good luck in your own journey with technology! If you ever need some help, my friends here at RFX are awesome. Just give them a call at (502) 742-2550.