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  • Actively going to others to provide help even if they don't need it?
  • Being available actively to help others whenever they need it?
  • Or something else?
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The number of Google hits for "proactively available" -"produce a schedule of any fees" is too small to claim it is in common usage. –  Edwin Ashworth Feb 20 at 14:06
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I think it means asking other people if they need any help instead of making them come to you. However, this sounds a bit like business-speak (let me guess, you found it on a job posting or in an employee handbook?), so it's a bit puffed-up. –  Kevin Workman Feb 20 at 14:06
    
What @Kevin said. It's just biz-speak for actively offer help and/or actively make people aware that you are available if they need help. –  FumbleFingers Feb 20 at 16:55
    
@KevinWorkman Such up-puffery can also be found in resumés. –  Andreas Blass Feb 20 at 18:10

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To "be proactively available to help others" means the author wanted to insert the term "proactive," a positive term in managerial circles, into a phrase where it is unnecessary. The phrase is perfectly clear if you render it "be available to help others." The term "proactive," in this phrase, adds nothing.

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Less than nothing. You can't force (proactively) and wait (be available) at the same time. –  Oldcat Feb 20 at 17:59

This phrase doesn't make any sense to me. It's controversial. You're either available and thus passively waiting for being addressed for help; or you're proactively assisting people.

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do you mean contradictory instead of controversial? –  Oldcat Feb 20 at 17:59
    
Looks like so. Thank you. –  Alaksiej N. Feb 20 at 18:42

I think the first explanation you provided makes the most sense. Being proactive involves solving problems in a preventive manner. Being available to help others involves setting aside some time that you plan to spend helping other people with something. So, being proactively available means setting aside more time than you think you will actually need. During that time you will be planning to help others.

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