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Hybrid Inclusion

Course Introduction

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted an unprecedented review of working arrangements to better address the needs and desires of employees and organisations. The hybrid working dynamic, where employees are neither fully office-based or fully remote-working, is a key focus for many orhganisations.

Whilst a hybrid-working policy is a practical starting point, it is the interpretation of the policy by managers and their teams that poses a challenge. What works for one individual can be completely different for another, regardless of their introvert / extrovert tendencies, parental status, years in the workplace (or indeed any other characteristics or ways of working). Whilst the shift to remote-working happened remarkably quickly for many businesses, the pandemic changed nothing about our human predisposition to make assumptions about certain groups of people – nor the inherent danger in doing so.

Whatever your policy or guidelines for hybrid or remote working, you want to ensure all employees are treated fairly. This relates to both their ability to do their job effectively AND the opportunity to develop their career and progress within your organisation. The pressure is on leaders to understand the pitfalls of hybrid working in relation to these outcomes and to take steps to prevent undermining inclusion within teams.

What will participants learn?

Our engaging and interactive workshop quickly gets to the heart of the issues. We explore how the concept of workplace psychological safety has evolved, why a culture of fear can stand the way of true inclusion and the practical steps leaders and teams can take to foster psychological safety - from inviting alternative perspectives to empowering colleagues to call-out or call-in poor behaviour.

This workshop is relevant to all colleagues, of any seniority.

Key Objectives

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Gain a shared understanding of how hybrid working impacts inclusion

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Understand why ‘proximity’ and other hybrid biases can undermine their best intentions to be fair to team members

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Explore leadership behaviours that help overcome hybrid biases and promote inclusion.

Participants in the workshop will learn practical ways to foster an inclusive way of working in the context of hybrid working. They will:

Content

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Context and introduction

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How is hybrid inclusion relevant to us?

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Hybrid working: what it is; statistics about organisational approaches; acknowledge current status and policy within the organisation; discuss advantages and pitfalls 

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Challenges of working in a hybrid setting

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Biases impacting inclusion in a hybrid setting

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Behavioural scenarios that damage inclusion in a hybrid setting and actions to mitigate

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How to create psychological safety and other tips for hybrid inclusion

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Personal commitments

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Working with
Inclusive Group

Inclusive Group will work with you to understand the context for your workshop. This involves a 20-minute discovery call where we explore:

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The background and ‘cultural norms’ of this topic in your organisation

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An overview of the participant group(s)

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Scenarios or examples relevant to your organisation that we can use during the workshop

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Anything else pertaining to the successful delivery of the workshop

Details

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Virtual delivery via Inclusive Group Zoom or your own platform

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In-person delivery at your office or offsite venue (travel expenses will apply)

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Suitable for up to 25 participants

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Customisation of workshop content is available (design fee will apply)

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Please contact us to discuss how this workshop will complement your current EDI activity

Follow-Up

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Talk to us about our additional learning tools, such as nudges, videos and podcasts, to deepen and extend your participants’ understanding and application of this topic.

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