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Working Through the Unexpected


How do teams prepare to work effectively together when all the signals of the traditional workplace have been turned upside down? Helping teams adapt to social distance during the workday will take more than a laptop and a tip sheet. This interactive session will show participants how to stay engaged and productive by leveraging technology, improving communication and collaborating from a distance.  The session will cover:

  • Establishing effective practices to enhance communication, teaming, innovation, and a strong team culture

  • Identifying potentially ineffective work processes and practices that contribute to heavy workload, frustration and low-value work

  • Developing practical, high-impact solutions that the team has some control over and can be implemented quickly to improve individual, team and business performance

  • Create a team action plan to meet individual, team and business goals

5 Steps to Adjusting to Work from Home

This segment will focus on tips and best practices when working from home that will cover:

  • Carve out a specific workspace – Find a workspace that creates an environment to be productive and creative

  • Make it comfortable – Have the right lighting, ergonomic seating and desk height and personal touches

  • Use the right tools and equipment – Equipment must haves for working from home; headset, monitors, wireless devices and more

  • Stay healthy and active – When to get up and move, what to eat and how to shut down at the end of the day

  • Combat loneliness and anxiety – Tools and resources to keep you feeling connected and calm


Staying Visible in the Dispersed Workplace


Everyone knows the old adage that "out of sight" is "out of mind." There's quite a bit of truth to it. It's a facet of human nature that things that are directly in front of our face get noticed, while things that are out of our scope of awareness don't. Now that most organizations are practicing social distance, barriers of time and space can put employee visibility at risk. It can be challenging to stay connected to managers, co-workers, clients and customers who are no longer collocated.

This one hour webinar will provide solid tips, real-life examples and practical advice to help you stay connected in a virtual workplace and learn to use online tools and technology to cultivate powerful relationships with your managers, co-workers, clients and customers. Learning objectives include:

  • Warning signs to help you understand when your visibility may be at risk

  • Actions to take to immediately increase your visibility.

  • Develop a communication strategy that will help you stay connected with your managers, co-workers, clients and customers.


Conflict Resolution in the Dispersed Workplace

Research tells us 93% of the meaning of a message comes from nonverbal sources and 55% of that is from facial expressions. Now that we've been thrown into remote working, it is imperative that organizations support these changes.  This interactive webinar will take you through the new world of Virtual Conflict Resolution and provide managers and employees with tools and practices they can bring use today to improve team effectiveness.

This training includes:

  • Defining Virtual Workplace Conflict

  • Identify sources of virtual conflict

  • Examples of Virtual Conflict

  • Best Practices

  • Resolution Scenarios

  • Creating an Action Plan

Managing Time and Setting Boundaries


This segment will provide specific steps people can take to use their time wisely and balance work and home, even when they’re happening in the same place.

  • Start your day  - Begin each day as if you were heading to the office

  • Create a schedule for yourself – Putting everything on your calendar to provide structure to  your day

  • Working in time blocks – identify your best time of the day to do your best work

  • Schedule your “time-off” – Decide ahead of time when you will workout, run errands or complete household tasks to prevent work from blurring the lines

  • Switch off at the end of the day from work to home life

Working From Home When Kids Are Out of School


This segment will provide practical tips for working from home when kids are out of school.

  • Communicate expectations – Let your manager/employer know that you will have your children at home and will need flexibility and consideration

  • Connect with friends and family to build a care network – Plan swaps with family and friends who are healthy and engaging others for virtual play dates

  • Prioritize your schedule – Look at the important meetings that need to uninterrupted and schedule accordingly

  • Set boundaries with your children – Have discussions, use signs and other “fun” options to communicate when you’re busy and reward good behavior

  • Don’t stress – during this time you may have to “let it go” and explain to kids that this is a special circumstance and it won’t last forever.

 “I believe that the webinars we offer our employees allow them to better live out their values in action through the information provided on the topics covering work-life balance and wellness. The sessions provide information along with practical advice so that employees can put their learnings to use in everyday living, both at home and at work. “


Kathleen Couture, Employee-Care, Health and Welfare Consultant

Xcel Energy

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