Advocating on behalf of all Vertafore users has been a pillar of NetVU’s mission since its founding in 1978. More recently, Vertafore and NetVU have been working together to enhance the user experience for Vertafore’s products through a collaborative effort called Ideas.
Ideas gives NetVU members a way to submit suggestions for improving Vertafore solutions. Users can log into Ideas through My Vertafore. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see existing ideas that have been submitted by fellow users.
“When you submit ideas through the My Vertafore portal, everyone benefits,” says Vertafore CEO Amy Zupon. “Other users get to see and vote on your idea — the first step in what may ultimately become a product enhancement that helps the whole community.”
NetVU’s volunteer driven-work groups review Ideas and present the top ones to Vertafore’s product management teams. The work groups are composed of volunteer users, just like you, and usually meet twice a month by conference call.
To see which Vertafore products have their own work group, go to the Committees and Work Groups tab on NetVU’s website.
NetVU Chairman Mike Foy is a big believer in Ideas and helped get the program started. “The purpose of Ideas is to take good ideas, build on them and make them great,” he says. “We do this with open conversation and collaboration with other NetVU members and Vertafore product managers. Our goal is to maximize efficiency and productivity for all users.”
Ideas is only as effective as NetVU members make it, says Foy. “The more ideas, the better. While not every idea will become a reality, the only bad idea is the one that we never share,” he says.
Melissa Bond, NetVU’s member relations manager, says the platform works best when members follow a few basic guidelines in submitting their ideas. Here are a few pointers that can make a good idea even better:
“Ideas allows Vertafore and NetVU members to work together to enhance the user experience,” says Zupon. “Our goal is to put people at the heart of our solutions. One way we do that is by creating win-win relationships between our product managers, developers and our users.”
For more information, visit the Advocacy–Ideas section of NetVU’s website where you will find helpful links and tips, or contact Melissa Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Drucker called listening the first competency of leadership. “Listening is not a skill,” he said, “it is a discipline. Anybody can do it. All you have to do is keep your mouth shut.” Or put another way in Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
It’s more than taking your work home — being productive and reliable as a remote worker takes knowing what works best for your situation.
Who doesn’t dream of working from home? Since the evolution of the home computer and internet connectivity, workers everywhere have dreamed of conducting business without the commute. And according to the "State of the Remote Job Marketplace" report by FlexJobs, more than 3.9 million Americans are now working from home at least half the time.
For businesses, employing older workers could be a real benefit. According to the same FlexJobs survey, over 60% of workers in both millennial and older worker segments say they could be more productive in telecommuting positions. The evidence proves that to be true: a study conducted by ConnectSolutions found that 77% of remote workers get more done in fewer hours than their in-house coworkers.
As a retiring or retired insurance professional, how can you ensure that you make the most of your work-from-home arrangement?
Define your best work hours. Not everyone is their best (or available) in a regular nine-to-five timeframe. You may be better at 6 a.m. than you are at noon, or you could be able to get a lot accomplished in just five hours a day without distractions.
Stick to your routine. Once you know your best hours of the day, make it a habit just as you did when you were commuting to an office. Get ready for work and start at your regular time (as much as you can).
Establish a quiet work area. If you can dedicate a space for your daily work hours, do so. If not, find that one area where you can work undisturbed and with minimal distractions.
Invest in and learn new technology. Trying to work with an outdated computer will handicap your efforts from the outset. Upgrade where you need to, and look into what programs you may need to be most productive.
Communicate regularly with coworkers. Just because you’re not in the office doesn’t mean you don’t need to talk with anyone. In fact, it’s more important to communicate with your coworkers on a daily basis. Email communication works, but don’t be afraid to use message programs or video chats to stay in touch throughout the day with your colleagues.
Check in with your employer daily. Work with your employer to establish goals, both project-related and communication-related. Then create a daily list of things you’ve accomplished, things you’re working on, and questions you may have. Also, attend staff meetings, and let your employer know those areas where you may need additional help or guidance.
Schedule your activities. Each day before leaving your work behind, schedule your next day’s activities. If you’re working on large projects, break them up into segments and allot time to each of those segments. Your schedule is also part of the daily list you’ll send to your employer each day — sharing that schedule with your employer gives you the accountability needed to stay on task.
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