Weekly Workforce Development Skills: Initiative and Motivation

March 18, 2024

For the past few months, Providence House has offered specific weekly workforce development skills to its residents. This collaboration between Programs, Workforce Development, Case Managers, Resident Assistants, and other Staff helps residents grow through collective impact.

The goal is that everyone engaging residents speaks the same language. Each staff member finds ways to incorporate the weekly skills, key phrases, and buzzwords into interactions with residents throughout the week.

Past topics include communication, work ethic, critical thinking, and time management. Below is what residents are hearing and learning this week.

Take initiative and stay motivated to reach your goals:

  • Take action. The first step to tackling a task is finding the energy and desire to begin. Set a goal and think about why you want to accomplish it. Let this motivate you and help you take the initiative to begin.
  • Define your success. Think about what success will look like. What do you need to do to achieve your goal? Defining your success will help keep you motivated.
  • Don’t make excuses. Be careful to avoid making excuses to start or continue working. If you keep putting off your tasks and getting distracted, remember why your goal is important to you.
  • Set a deadline. Choose a deadline for when you want or need to finish your goal. This will motivate you to make progress.
  • Assign regular tasks. Write down tasks you need to accomplish every day, week, or month to achieve your goal. Break your goal down into smaller, more achievable steps.
  • Stay motivated. Keep track of each task you accomplish. Use a calendar or notebook to monitor your progress and hit your deadlines. You can also ask your friends or mentors to help keep you motivated,
  • Reward yourself. Think of a way to reward yourself for making progress, achieving daily tasks, and meeting weekly deadlines. This will help you stay motivated and keep moving toward your overall goal.

Learning can be fun and is in everything Providence House does! PH Staff have enjoyed improving their skills as well and finding more teachable moments as they work and grow together.


Questions about the Workforce Development program at Providence House? Contact Dr. Whittney Polley, Director of Education at 318-221-7887 or wpolley@theprovidencehouse.com.