This session will focus on some of the challenges of employee engagement, how it has changed over the years and especially how it has changed now with the transition of many workers from social environments to lone working. Our speaker, from First Ascent group, will be using brain science to explain the how and why of ‘engagement’.
Engaging employees virtually using brain science [webinar]
Since the 1970’s, when research highlighted that people needed more from a workplace than a job description and a pay packet, organisations have been focused on the topic of engagement. Much “good practice” has centred on regular engagement surveys, albeit with outcomes often addressed half-heartedly and any resulting investment being made in facilities or personal “benefits” for employees. More recently, “engagement” has morphed to “happiness”, which provides a smiley gloss to the same idea. The solutions to “fix” happiness often remain the same as those used for engagement.
On March 23rd the world of work changed dramatically for many of us with the introduction of lockdown. Many people used to working in highly social environments suddenly found themselves in a very different place. Some have thrived in their new work environment, many have not. In this webinar, we will tackle the challenge of employee engagement in a virtual world, focusing on scientific explanations for why human brains can feel “engaged.” The session will also offer practical steps we can all take to deliver increased engagement and productivity in our remote worlds.
About the speaker: Steve Bentley
Leading this session will be Executive Director of First Ascent Group, Steve Bentley.
An early career in the military ignited a passion for leadership and team performance that stood Steve in good stead for a variety of commercial leadership roles within the brewing industry and Coca Cola Enterprises. A fascination for people and performance led him to First Ascent where he has spent the last 15 years facilitating brain friendly development programmes with people and organisations across the globe. Outside of work, Steve enjoys competing in endurance events. Highlights include the Marathon Des Sables, a ‘Bob Graham Round,' Devizes to Westminster kayak race, alongside various Ironman Triathlons and multi day adventure races.
First Ascent Group works with global corporations, medium sized businesses, SMEs and ambitious start-ups to provide uniquely designed solutions that tackle individual, team and organisational challenges. Each programme is underpinned by robust science, contemporary thinking and credible research, using the latest brain science, psychology, social analytics and learning practices to ensure every event is engaging and highly effective. First Ascent clients include Coca Cola, Hilton, Santander, Molson Coors, GE, Sika, BT and UK Sport.
The session will take place at 11am - 12pm on Wednesday 3rd June. Please sign up to take part! Participants will be sent a link to join via Zoom prior to the start time.
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