VIRTUAL WORKSHOP:

The Future of Work: How to navigate your organization's return (or not) to the workplace

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 1:00-3:30 ET

2020 may be over, but the change, anxiety and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much with us. One thing is certain: Organizations are now grappling with the idea of "return." Return can mean many things: where we physically work, for sure; how we connect, wherever we work; and what all of that means to the goals and values of our organizations.

Join Ragan on Wednesday, April 14 for an information-packed workshop that will help you develop and roll out a smart and flexible return to the workplace plan.

The challenge of creating—and communicating—new policies and procedures is no easy feat and raises many questions, among them: Will vaccinations be required to enter company buildings? Will technology stipends be offered to employees who will now be permanently remote vs. those who split their time between home and office? Will the post-pandemic office require new floor plans and desk configurations? Are virtual meetings here to stay?

In this workshop, you'll hear from experts and practitioners from a variety of industries as we all adjust to the changes before us.

We'll use Zoom webinar, which means we'll have polls, breakouts and lively discussions. We encourage everyone to turn their cameras and mics on during the interactive portions but feel free to stay off camera if you'd like.

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Workshop take-aways:
  • A Return to Workplace Guidebook


Don't miss this unique opportunity!

AGENDA

AGENDA
1:00-1:45 p.m. ET
Fireside chat: Themes, trends and tactics to expect this year and beyond

From the pandemic, social injustice, political polarization—and more—the lasting impact of 2020 on organizations has revealed some big trends, themes and strategies.

Hear from a panel of experts on “the next normal,” including how to:

  • Keep up engagement and collaboration with events that resonate with virtual and in-person employees.
  • Create leadership messages with clear guidance around the return to the workplace.
  • Partner with legal, HR, IT and other business units to match communications to your business plan.
  • Establish accessible, two-way feedback to hear and respond to employee concerns, suggestions and confusion.
  • Communicate new benefit changes such as mental health, flexible schedules, telehealth and more.
  • Create a digital hub that engages all employees—in-person or virtual.
Senior Director of Internal Communications
GoDaddy
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Dawn Jenkins
Director of Communications
LSU College of Science
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Joe Maglio
Chief Executive Officer
McKinney
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Jim Ylisela
Co-owner
Ragan Consulting Group
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1:45-2:15 p.m. ET
How to gauge employee sentiment as you prepare to return to the workplace

Your employees have been through a lot, and you've worked hard to provide a sense of calm and continuity during the pandemic. Now, as you prepare for the next phase, you'll want to ask your employees if they are ready, willing and able to return—on a timeline that works for them and meets the organization's needs.

We'll discuss how to:

  • Gather information from your employees to determine their level of comfort with returning to the workplace.
  • Create a safety campaign to give employees a clear sense of the return-to-workplace plans.
  • Hold virtual events with leaders to communicate the plan and answer employees' questions.
  • Develop and communicate your re-exit plan so employees if a new surge occurs
  • Perform pulse surveys to monitor employee sentiment throughout the return process.
  • Ensure employees understand the timeline so they can prepare childcare, secure commuting plans and make other preparations.
Head of Employee Communications and Customer Service
Wayfair
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2:15-2:45 p.m. ET
Top tips from an employment lawyer on return to the workplace

Returning to the workplace may require you to change or update policies and procedures that govern the office, the shop floor and other locations. That means working closely with Legal to consider the potential issues that may arise and how you will address employees' questions about any policy changes.

An employment lawyer will answer these and other questions:

  • Can you require COVID-19 vaccinations for people returning to the workplace?
  • What policies might be adapted for hybrid or telecommuting positions.
  • How to know what PPE, and other safety measures, your company needs to provide onsite for employees.
  • How can you ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards?
Laura Elkayam
Associate
Much Shelist, P.C. 
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2:45-3:30 p.m. ET
Create a communications plan that is flexible, adaptable and transparent—and grabs the attention of your employees

Your employees are busier than ever. The to-do list is piling up, the house feels like it's shrinking and most of them have no idea what the future holds. This is where a great communications plan can turn a disengaged employee into an ambassador.

During this session we'll share the best (but often overlooked) ways to reach employees and help them understand your organization's goals in the next phase of pandemic recovery. Among them:

  • Cadence: Establish a regular communications cadence so people know when to expect information.
  • Content mix: Show AND tell. Make sure you have visuals, written word, audio-only and videos. Make your message work across multiple formats.
  • Credibility: Get your leadership out front to establish the goals of your business in the next stage of return.
  • Candor: Employees will always sniff out manufactured messaging. Use storytelling to reach the hearts and minds of your staff.
Culture and Employee Engagement Consultant
Ragan Consulting Group
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PRESENTERS

Chief Executive Officer
McKinney
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Director of Communications
LSU College of Science
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Associate
Much Shelist, P.C. 
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Culture and Employee Engagement Consultant
Ragan Consulting Group
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Senior Director of Internal Communications
GoDaddy
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Head of Employee Communications and Customer Service
Wayfair
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MODERATORS

Manager, Strategic Programming
Ragan Communications
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Managing Partner
Ragan Consulting Group
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Top 5 reasons to attend this virtual workshop

  • You'll receive all presentations and handouts.
  • You'll get access to an on-demand recording of the event for twelve months.
  • You're guaranteed extensive, how-to instruction you can use immediately.
  • You can attend this immersive summit without having to leave your desk.
  • You'll listen to and interact with the legal and communications experts.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

If you work in:

Internal Communications • Employee Engagement • HR Communications • Corporate Culture • Intranet Management • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion • Digital Communications • Executive Communications

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PRICING
Register for this can't-miss workshop today.
Early Bird Rates
(until 03/31/21)
Regular Rates
Registration $500 $575
Ragan Insider Registration $400 $475
Nonprofit Registration $350 $425

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