The pandemic is redefining the way teams communicate and work. While remote work was once an alternative to university office life, it has now become the new normal. While the workplace dynamic has changed, team culture is still reliant on every interaction that individual employees have. As a leader, it’s important to find new ways to improve collaboration efforts in order to keep employees engaged.
In the upcoming Virtual Learning Labs for Leaders: Enhanced Engagement Series webinars, the Organizational Development team will help you explore unique online tools and engagement techniques to enhance collaboration and communication efforts. Leaders will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions, along with some time to share their own tips and experiences.
Note: Registration is required for the webinars (see links below) and video participation is highly encouraged. Due to the level of interactivity, sessions will not be recorded but based on demand, may be offered again at a later date.
Leading Effective Virtual Meetings – July 21 | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
We have all sat through many Zoom and MS Teams meetings within the past few months. In this session, we’ll discuss practical tips and best practices for planning, delivering, facilitating and documenting effective virtual meetings. You’ll get acquainted with the use of breakout rooms and how to best utilize them to maximize engagement.
Engaging Teams Virtually – July 29 | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
It can be difficult to grow professional relationships in a virtual environment. This session will introduce tools, techniques and strategies to support engagement and build connections with your team members. Attendees will become familiarized with employee engagement drivers such as: recognition, feedback, communication and building relationships and their contributions to positive work culture. You’ll also learn how to facilitate effective communication for teams, smaller groups and in one-on-one virtual conversations.
Using Virtual Collaboration Tools – Aug 6 | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Introducing new virtual collaboration tools to your team can be exciting and is often well-received. Even previously used tools can be re-introduced in a new way to pique your team’s interest. Attendees in this hands-on session will have the opportunity to learn about tools such as Microsoft Whiteboard and Lino and will get to try their hand at collaborating with others using these tools and Microsoft Teams. This session will allow leaders to select the right solution for their team’s communication and collaboration goals.
Managing and Balancing Work – Aug 17 | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
One of the most important tasks you take on as a leader is managing and balancing workloads. While this can be challenging in a regular office environment, prioritizing and strategizing ways to manage work in a remote environment presents a new set of obstacles. Teams look to their leaders for support through check-ins, supportive conversations and direction in rebalancing work. In this session, leaders will be presented with a toolkit for how to best virtually manage work to achieve goals. Attendees will learn about Microsoft Planner and how to best use this online tool to organize and prioritize their team’s workload.