Our January Leadership academy advocate

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Empowering Women Course is of huge importance to me for a number of reasons:  it helped me to build a strong understanding of my abilities and strengths, work through my personal barriers in a supportive environment and start to look ahead, plan my future self.

During the 3-day course I went on a roller-coaster of activities that were cleverly designed and carried out by our talented course facilitators and allowed me and my fellow women to take a step back and evaluate key aspects of our careers and personal goals, learn techniques on how to deal with challenges that may prevent us from taking that brave next step.

The group activities were reinforced by 1:1 tuition from an experienced coach who worked with me on the specific challenges and together we created a plan of actions that will allow me to achieve the goals I set. This is an incredible opportunity to work with a trained professional on the areas of future development underpinned by a practical advice, which completes the whole journey of personal discovery.

Having said all that, I cannot underestimate the value of the support network we created as a group of professional and strong women who are dealing with their challenges together. We worked through some tough dilemmas and personal issues that bonded us together and I now have a group of amazing women, friends that I can call for help and advice should I need them.

The help and advice given during these sessions provided me the incredible insight into my work and personal life to allow me to be truly empowered.

Since attending the course and graduation I have been promoted within my organisation and I feel empowered to grow our internal talent, so I am passing the opportunities that have been given to me to my colleagues.

 

By Tanya Last

Our January Leadership academy advocate

“Clean-up your computer month” – our guide to keeping data safe.

‘Clean up your computer’ month for January, marks the importance of organisations and the workforce adhering to the principles and guidelines of data protection (GDPR) and ensuring that appropriate and adequate security measures have been implemented to protect staff, their devices and the data they use and share. In the current climate, we all individually need to take personal responsibility of being compliant with national and local policies and practices.

It is also paramount that organisations are able to achieve cost effective storage solutions through adopting these ‘good’ practice principles and limiting how much information is stored.

It really isn’t about the use of cleaning materials and rubber gloves to ensure that your device is clean and tidy! Although, there is a need to keep kit and desks neat and paper-free in-line with ‘clear desk and hot-desking’ policies.

It is really helpful to follow the advice and guidance that is made available regarding the cleaning-up of devices for the following reasons:

  • We should only keep hold of data; comprising of emails, attachments, case details and other documentation and information, to meet our specific business need. With the introduction of the GDPR guidelines earlier this year, it is even more pertinent for individuals, teams and organisations to be really vigilant about which data is retained and for how long. And we are obliged to ask data owners if they want us to keep this information through the use of the ‘privacy’ guidelines. Organisations need to clearly articulate their retention, archiving and disposal policy guidelines. (See – insert link to GDPR best practice)
  • We need to ensure that adequate, reliable security measures are in place to prevent the misuse of the data that we hold. If we need to  share data with partners and other agencies, then it can be done in a secure manner. We also need to be careful that if a device is lost or stolen, that the security protection that has been deployed will prevent access to data unlawfully.
  • It is a known fact that the more data that is kept, the more storage capacity is required. This poses a number of issues for organisations:
    • information overflow – a need to ensure that there is clarity about what is kept for how long and how this is managed and stored
    • investment in robust document management systems to ensure the electronic safeguarding of information, rather than being riddled with tons of paper! To reduce cost, it is necessary to limit how much data we keep
    • physical, virtual or cloud storage – the more we need to store, the more expensive our storage solution. As more and more organisations review their infrastructure and storage solutions, it is an ideal opportunity to reduce the amount of data that is kept, so that storage is optimised and made as cost effective as possible.

The start of a new year and the opportunity to refresh the approach to using, storing and sharing data and keeping devices secure! Please take the necessary actions to ensure that these guidelines and best practice are followed to protect yourself and any potential mis-management of data.

“Clean-up your computer month” – our guide to keeping data safe.