Holding difficult conversations remotely
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:
A lawyer who has a passion for people and business – loves working with businesses, driving change, delivering growth and giving back.
Alison is a partner with Kennedys Law, having been the Chief Executive at berg’s prior to the merger in September 2017.
As well as dealing with commercial disputes (including financial and regulatory matters), Alison also deals with all aspect of employment law. She set up berg’s employment department on qualification and recognises that people still do the craziest things. Being on hand to assess the impact their actions might have for them personally, or their employer, is an area where Alison excels.
Alison is a keen supporter of North West Business Community, being a Director and former Chair of pro-manchester, Co-Chair of the pro-manchester Skills Committee and member of the pro-manchester EDI committee. Alison is also an Ambassador for the Charity ANTZ and supporter of the Booth Centre for the Homeless.
Alison was named as a Northern Power Woman in the 2018 Power List, and as Downtown’s Manchester in Business Woman of the Year 2018.
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 is the Associate Director at The Juice Academy, a not-for-profit Digital Marketing Apprenticeship programme which was founded in 2013 to fill the digital skills gap and create good quality careers for young people.
Georgia is also a voluntary Enterprise Advisor through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and works closely with schools to support careers programmes. She is also a committed member of the Skills Committee at pro-manchester, and on the board of the North West Apprentice Ambassador Network, working hard to raise awareness about apprenticeships throughout the North West.
Interested In The Event?
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