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Leading staff through turbulent times
For the last year, leaders and managers have tried to guide and protect their teams through a period of dramatic global upheaval: civil servants have responded to the biggest public health and economic challenge in decades, while moving wholesale to remote working – often juggling their jobs with caring responsibilities and, too often, personal tragedy.

During 2021, mass vaccination should begin to curtail the pandemic. But the year is likely to see further economic, social and political turbulence, while accelerated change programmes and public finance deficits present fresh challenges. At this Global Government Forum webinar, civil service leaders and external experts will discuss how to lead hard-pressed workforces through this period of unprecedented disruption.

How can organisational leaders maintain morale and a sense of collective endeavour when staff never see one another? What techniques and tools can support remote collaboration – making working from home sustainable over the long term? How can line managers support exhausted, depressed or traumatised staff, while maintaining public services? And how can workforces be supported to build new services and address novel problems when classroom training is not an option? Many civil service organisations have responded brilliantly to the pandemic; this event will explore how to protect staff engagement, capabilities and wellbeing during a period when crisis response is becoming business as usual.

• Webinar chair: Siobhan Benita, former UK senior civil servant
• Gertrud Ingestad, Director General, Human Resources and Security, European Commission
• Christine Donoghue, Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
• Rupert McNeil, Government Chief People Officer, United Kingdom

Feb 22, 2022 02:30 PM in London

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