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Productivity 101

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    Productivity for Remote Professionals

    Course Description

    Discover strategies for overcoming challenges and boosting your productivity in the remote work environment. Complete all Productivity 101 lessons successfully which counts toward your final Remote Professional Certificate.   

    Learning Objectives

      1. Analyze behaviors affecting a professional’s remote reputation.
      2. Apply project/task management techniques to enhance productivity.
      3. Identify time management strategies, including scheduling and prioritization, to support productivity.
      4. Manage productivity in a remote workplace by accommodating such factors as cultural and time zone differences.
      5. Calculate how environmental factors impact remote productivity using the REP Scorecard, and use results to inform best course of action.
      6. Design a Professional Code of Ethics for Remote Productivity, incorporating principles to maintain high standards of productivity and integrity.

    Research and References

    Following are sources consulted/additional readings related to the course topics.

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