Holding difficult conversations remotely

Date: Wednesday 27th May 2020
Time: 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Location: Webinar, joining instructions to follow, , ,
Cost: Free

Having difficult conversations can be difficult... On March 23rd 2020 thousands of employees started working remotely due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Ergo, difficult conversations would need to held. For many they would need to be held remotely.

This roundtable discussion delivered by representatives of the pro-manchester Skills committee, explores how to have difficult conversations, not just during lockdown, but after it as well.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Holding difficult conversations remotely
  • Difficult conversations between employees & employers - the current situation means there will inevitably be delicate conversations between employees & employers (both ways), whether these be around the outlook of the business, an individual's employment terms, or perhaps even of a disciplinary nature.
  • Difficult conversations within the business between colleagues, line managers, peers, different teams.
  • Having difficult conversations with other stakeholders - clients, debtors, creditors, partners, suppliers etc.
  • Apprentices holding difficult conversations
  • Having difficult face-to-face conversations

About the Speakers:

Alison Loveday Consultant - LLM Solicitors

A lawyer who has a passion for people and business, who is well embedded in the Manchester business community . Alison is based in the City Centre where she is a consultant with the commercial legal firm Lockett Loveday McMahon Solicitors, and she also has her own business advisory company.

Alison is a champion of equality in the workplace, recognising the importance of diversity, inclusion and promoting health and well-being at work. This is not in response to ‘the latest trend’ but is something she has done throughout her thirty plus year career. In addition, she is keen to support the future generation – promoting links between the workplace and schools /colleges/ and our universities and working with various Mentoring programs.

Alison is a keen supporter of North West Business Community, being a Director of pro-manchester, and Co-Chair of the pro-manchester Skills Committee. She is also an Ambassador for the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity (which raises money for and promotes awareness of the experience of homelessness) ,supporter of the Booth Centre for the Homeless, the Smart Works Charity and is a Trustee for the Wise Owl Trust.

Alison is a member of the Northern Power Woman Power List, and the Women of the Year Awards. She regularly provides comment to the media- National press, radio and television.

Jemma Shaw Head of Community Partnerships -

Jemma is passionate about supporting individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose whatever their ability.  With over 10 years’ experience within the charity sector, working nationally, overseeing multiple projects including Leonard Cheshire’s largest programme ‘Can Do’ which is delivered across the UK. Having extensive experience in managing large remote teams, promoting a culture of teamwork and innovation amongst staff.

Jemma’s role includes overseeing the portfolio of services and projects that Leonard Cheshire develops as well as identifying partnerships to work collaboratively with to increase engagement, diversity and inclusivity.

Jemma also enjoys being a member of the Skills committee and Equality & Diversity committee at pro-manchester.

Georgia Fitzgerald Associate Director - The Juice Academy

Georgia is the Associate Director of The Juice Academy, the UK’s first industry-led digital apprenticeship programme. Not-for-profit, it was created for two reasons; to help towards filling the digital skills gap and to create good quality careers. Georgia is very passionate about development, skills of the future and filling the skills gaps.

She is also a voluntary Enterprise Advisor through the GMCA’s Enterprise Advisor Network, working with schools to support their careers programmes, a member of the skills committee at pro-manchester and a board member of the North West Apprentice Ambassador Network. She has been recognised on Northern Power Women’s ‘Future List’ and Elevate GM’s top 40 Northern Gamechangers.

Interested In The Event?

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.