Today I’m delighted to welcome Shirley Marshall to the Wild Fig blog. Shirley’s an HR Partner at RCI and came to the last Learn > Connect > Do event in December. I was delighted when I heard that Shirley took her learning back to work and wrote an internal blog post to get others thinking and talking about the topic of workplace and collaboration, and she’s kindly given permission for it to be re-produced on here.
I felt the need to write this on the back of the latest disappointing stats about Statutory Paternity Leave (SPL). I’m aware this post is full of broad-brush generalisations and stereotypes and I believe these stereotypes exist because they’re true and still apply to the majority. What gives me hope is that we have younger generations coming through who have different mindsets and we need to ensure we enable those mindsets to remain intact and flourish rather than be subsumed into the system of their parents and grandparents. So here are my thoughts about why SPL isn’t working…
Last night Dan Pilling and I welcomed a great group of people to the first birthday of Learn > Connect > Do where we were talking about workplace + space and whether we do indeed still need offices.
Dan started the event with a Pecha Kucha about how the workplace has evolved as technology and work has changed. We no longer need all the desk space and personal office space we used to have in the 70’s. Instead that’s mostly been replaced by bland, row upon row, of simple-to-design-and-install identikit desks where people spend too much time sitting => which we now know is causing all sorts of health problems including impacting our sleep => and poor sleep affects our work performance. Oh, and the hours we spend sitting commuting to these offices…
BREAKING NEWS! Ian Ellison now also speaking at Learn > Connect > Do!! Read on….
On 1st December it’s Learn > Connect > Do, the event for people professionals who care about making work better.
This quarter we’re talking about our workplaces and spaces and stimulating the debate from the position of “Do we need offices?”. It’s fantastic to have Dan Pilling and now, not just Dan, but Ian Ellison too! They’ll be joining us to bring us their deign and workplace insights and get the discussion going. As the Chair and Deputy Chair of the BIFM Special Interest Group they know their stuff!
“A familiar tale; times are tough,
cut the costs or make the sales.
New systems and tech are set to help
“Reduce the work and boost results”
And of course some people have to go
Middle management, on the whole
Leaving gaping gaps in the work that was
Some that moves up but mostly down.
And all the while the tension pulls:
Last Saturday, 8th October, saw the third CIPD Midlands Area Partnership event. Jon Bartlett and I were the blogsquad for the day and thankfully lots of other people were on the # too. It’s been great to see the numbers of people grow on Twitter at events like these, and there were some good debates happening, as well as straight sharing of content or appreciation of what was being spoken about.
This session’s with Laura Overton from Towards Maturity. Laura’s talking about some of the latest insights about learning and how we can use these in work to improve the learning experience and impact.
Great that Laura’s going to have the session as a conversation to keep energy levels up, especially post-lunch.
Karen Meager of Monkey Puzzle is speaking about work and leadership. In business we see ‘unhelpful behaviours; and in work we try and address them, often through instruction / process / policy, by changing behaviour. Karen helps business see what’s behind the behavioural ‘issues’ so she’ll be showing us some of these things, some of the science about why and how you can do something about that. And talking about how to know better when you’ve done enough.
For this post I’m delighted to be hosting a piece from Andrew Page. I worked with Andrew and a number of his fellow leaders alongside Lane 4 as part of their leadership development programme at Loughborough Uni, and I subsequently went on to work with more of the Anglian team at one of their main UK locations.
Last Thursday, on a lovely sunny day, Phil Willcox and I met up with an eager group of Street Wisdom’ers in Leicester for Learn > Connect > Do. Some had experience of Street Wisdom before, while for most it was their first time. I’m not going to write about the way these awesome sessions run, you can read more about that here, but I wanted to share some photos of a great afternoon, including the post-event debrief which was at Dolce & Verde – great coffee if you’re ever in Leicester or Rothley. After drinks and cakes, the Wisdomer’s went on their ways with thoughts and plans in their heads about how to keep a hold of their learning and put different actions in place for the questions they were asking.