Are you worried that your furloughed employees might lose interest in your business? That they might start looking for other work, and may never come back? Perhaps you worry for their mental health, as many struggle with being in lockdown. Maybe this ‘downtime’ feels, at best, like pressing pause on your business and everything you’ve achieved so far.
What about seeing it as an opportunity? Why not see them as a captive audience, with time on their hands? They’ll be reflecting on your business, their role in it, and their future. Why not help them see a future with you? And why not start preparing them for their return?
Whilst the scheme forbids them to work, it actively encourages training - And the provision of learning opportunities is a key retention and engagement strategy.
Imagine if your workforce were in better shape, and keen to try out their new skills on their return. Perhaps they are in line for promotion to manager or a leadership role. Perhaps you have realised that your current managers need help in managing teams remotely. Maybe this would provide a great opportunity to look at time management, or perhaps you’re going to need them to improve their sales skills to build your clients up when you’re up and running.
If you’re worried about the investment, Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company wisely said: “The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave, is not training them and having them stay.” And everyone is going to need supercharged employees to rebuild their businesses once this is over, not to mention additional facets of leadership that remote working has highlighted as critical.
Think about it. What skills and behaviours are going to need strengthening? Whatever your needs, Integrated Resources can help. We create bespoke courses for our clients, so why not drop us a line and we can discuss your priorities and how we could address them. We have a series of workshops ready to run around leadership and management (and we distinguish clearly between the two).
Lucy Carlson, our chief trainer, is ideal to engage your staff as her career has had people development at its core; as a teacher, trainer and HR professional. Lucy combines her people, commercial and organisational skills and experience to get to the heart of an organisation, and help drive success by appropriately engaging, enabling and inspiring their people.
Lucy’s experience includes leading advertising agency 23red to achieving Investors in People Gold standard, coaching training for English Heritage employees to drive performance of sales teams, and having a leading role in the development and implementation of a training programme to roll out the WorkSite Document Management System for law firm Taylor Wessing LLP.
Previous attendees to our training in different sectors have said:
“I cannot thank you enough for this week’s session. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I have so much constructive feedback to improve our communications processes too. Thank you!”
“The practical tips for dealing with challenges made me question why and how I do things.”
“It has given me great insight into what makes a good manager, and my responsibilities to my team and the company as a whole.”