Posts Tagged ‘learning at work’

Are your Team ready for 2021?

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

  Last year really highlighted the importance of team.  Many of us pulled together, some of us drifted apart.  We all faced our individual challenges and so when we came back together it didn’t always gel.  Sometimes a lack of empathy, time, motivation and energy got in the way.

Never fear, Pro-Development is here!  We recognised this as a potential barrier to high performance and pulled together a range of interventions to get the team back on top form.  We also recognised that we are not all ready to be face to face, but we did not let that get in the way!

We have run team events for many years now for numerous businesses, but like everyone else we have needed to be innovative to work around restrictions.  As a result, we developed one-off on-line team events (as well as doing outdoor face to face where we can) and a pick and mix selection of online modules to help you build an online programme for the team which is aligned to individual and business needs.  That said, all the programmes start with the same focus……vision, values and connection.

Teams require a re-focus on their joint vision which may have changed (most have in some way).  Getting everyone focussed on the same vision and direction will help them pull together. Through the programme, teams get an opportunity to think about where they want to be and how it will feel.

We then take time to hear from each and every team member who share a little bit about themselves; what’s important to them, where are their strengths, how the rest of the team can get the best out of them.  Some people can feel uncomfortable at the thought of sharing, but we can honestly say, each team we have worked with has found this experience to be extremely powerful in rebuilding team trust and connection.

When you have a team who trust each other, understand each other, are focused on the same vision and are able to have honest and open conversations you are on the path to high performance.

And let us assure you, these sessions are not webinars … these sessions are interactive, engaging and fun and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

What’s more 40% funding is available if you are in the Leeds City Region.  So if you’re sat there with a team who have not quite clicked and something is hindering high performance why not get in touch for a chat.  Give us a call on 01904 628838 or email info@pro-development.co.uk for more information.

ARE YOUR EMPLOYEES ENGAGED?

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

engaged faces pic We are currently undertaking many employee engagement surveys around Yorkshire identifying what’s working for companies and what might be getting in their way. It is by understanding this kind of information that you can truly make a difference as your efforts and actions are focused on doing the right thing, not doing what you ‘think’ is right.

Companies take the time to understand engagement levels as this is so important to continued success and can springboard companies to the next level. Research shows that organisation’s with high levels of employee engagement are more efficient and effective, and that highly engaged employees:

• are more productive, find they are more creative and innovative at work, and take less time off sick;

• are more customer focussed, care about the future of their organisation and put in greater effort to help it meet its objectives and keep customers satisfied;

• feel proud of the organisation they work for and are inspired to do their best and will be huge advocates of the business and it’s products and services.

• are more likely to stay and with the cost of losing a good person now being equated to 12-18 months of their salary, that in itself is a great reason to focus on employee engagement.

There’s plenty of evidence out there to support the facts above and we have certainly seen this ourselves through the work that we do around the region. As part of our role in the Engage for Success movement looking at how to raise engagement levels across Yorkshire, Pro-Development run interactive 2-hour workshops “How important is Employee Engagement to your business success?” They are aimed at business owners, HR professionals, leaders and managers to help understand what they can do to help increase morale, motivation, engagement, growth and productivity of their teams.

If you would like to join us at our next workshop to find out what you can do to bring the best out in your teams, increase productivity and sales which links directly to your bottom line then choose a date below and book a place. We have had such great feedback about our workshops that we know that it will be a great few hours invested!

The next available workshop dates are 13th September and 11th October 2017 from 10am-12 noon followed by a light lunch with the chance to network and it be held at our offices at Forest Farm Business Park, Fulford, YORK, YO19 4RH. All just for £25 + VAT to cover room hire and lunch. See you there!

A curious week

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Curious and creative coaching Last week was Learning at Work week, with the theme, ‘Curious and Creative’, and was also International Coaching Week. Coaching York, an organisation with the aim of making York the coaching capital of the UK, promoted running coaching sessions to businesses in York, and to celebrate both initiatives, we ran a ‘Curious and Creative Coaching’ session here at Forest Farm Business Park. We were delighted that some of our lovely fellow resident businesses joined us for the session in the fabulous facilities provided by Tailormade Conferences.

Most of the people who attended the session had little or no experience of coaching, and coaching is very different to training. In non-directive coaching, we need to think for ourselves, which can feel very different. Using creativity increases insight, and develops innovative thinking. It gives the coachee time and space to explore different perspectives and provides a safe vehicle to describe our goals and what might be stopping us achieving them.

You might be wondering how we made the session creative. A range of materials was used including photographs, coloured paper and pens, pipe-cleaners, and magazines to cut up, and linked to our value of having fun while we’re learning. Most of those attending created a collage to represent their goals and their current state in relation to the goals. We then asked curious questions to explore creative ways of achieving the goal. All of those who attended achieved insight into their goals and new ways of how to go about achieving them.

And the real power of coaching? Traditionally we’ve thought of people as little empty vessels in which everything has to be poured. In coaching we think of people as little seeds who have the potential within them to be magnificent plants and trees. We need nourishment, encouragement, and the light to grow and develop, and this is what is provided in coaching. To find out more about our creative approach to coaching click here.

As you watch your sunflowers grow, consider this; are you and your people being nourished and encouraged to grow and develop or do you just pour learning into them? If it’s the latter, you might want to talk to us.

Learning at Work Week 16 – 22 May 2016

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

poster 2016 Learning at Work Week is an annual awareness campaign organised by the Campaign for Learning since 1999. You can take part in as a learner, company, or learning provider. Last year, thousands of organisations took part including large corporations, SMEs, public sector organisations and government departments. It has a different theme each year, this year it is CONNECT!

Learning at Work Week aims to put the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development. It promotes an inclusive approach and supports the extension of opportunities to learn to all employees, especially those who may not currently participate for reasons that may range from personal barriers to historic organisational structures that focus development on particular staff.

Just some of the benefits of taking part:
  • Changing attitudes to learning and work
  • Greater awareness of opportunities to learn
  • Greater employee engagement
  • Informing business & learning and development strategies
  • Collating feedback, ideas and perspectives that inform future planning
  • Opportunities to discover and recognise internal talent
  • Greater recognition and valuing of different ways to learn in the workplace
  • Highlighting business priorities, agendas and addressing change
  • Addressing workplace silos and bridging information gaps

Learning at Work Week offers an opportunity to run a branded learning campaign in your workplace linked to a national event. Each year, thousands of organisations take part in the Week and run vibrant campaigns and activities which engage employees across their businesses in development and promote positive messages about learning. Learning at Work Week is not prescriptive in terms of what your company should do and how you should mark it, but provides a clear framework and ideas for planning events and activities that fit your particular context and goals and is explicitly linked to your business objectives and/or opportunities and the needs of your employees. This ensures that your Learning at Work Week activities can be built on after the event.

Are you ready?

If you want to get involved in this great opportunity, Pro-Development can help your business by providing a whole range of sessions, workshops, training, coaching or development support and if we can help, please call us to discuss in further detail.

Here are some links to the Learning at Work website, to help you understand more about it and how it can help you in your business.

Click here for more information about Learning at work week 2016

Book of inspiration – to help you plan your Learning at Work week