In designing the programme, I assembled a team of HR, culture and performance experts to deliver against a list of topics inspired by my ongoing research project in this space - www.theconnectionstory.com - which explores the importance of human connection in creating and retaining happy, healthy high-performing teams.
The programme consisted of three focused workshops. The first looked at ‘Nailing your culture and communications in a hybrid workplace’ and was facilitated by Danielle Phillips, founder of internal communications consultancy, Inside Out. In this session, delegates explored what we mean by culture, how we can develop it and, importantly, how we can communicate it whether we're working in the same room or in different countries.
The second session was entitled ‘Delivering flexibility and fairness whilst improving performance’ and was delivered by Emma Collingwood of Get Purposeful Ltd. This session explored the tensions that working more flexibly can bring between employers and their people. We discussed what ‘being flexible’ really means and what managers can do to maintain and improve performance across different ways of working. Delegates came away with a host of practical tools to help deliver fair flexible working, and plenty of examples of how this has been applied by organisations whilst still driving improvements in performance.