Flexibility & Scheduling: The Case for Change

The Volatility & Flexibility Challenge kicks off in early March with the first round of workshops across 6 regions around the UK and Ireland. In the first workshop we will discuss creating the case for change and the starting point for effective planning, understanding the volatility of your workload.

The all-important trade-off is a balance between the benefits to individuals and the benefits to the business.  The starting point here is to understand firstly what flexibility you require as a business, by calculating the volatility of your workload. Secondly you will need to speak to all your employees to understand what lifestyle preference need to be balanced.

A flexibility strategy can extend your recruitment pool and help you offer new choices to people.  You need to see flexibility as a strategic capability for your organisation – one of your corporate assets.  A vital aspect of sustainability is making it work for your people.

It is vital to realise that you are not on your own. Flexibility cannot be achieved solely by the scheduling team, the HR department or an enthusiastic manager.

The Volatility and Flexibility workshops are for members only, with places limited, so please book now.  The 6 regions, where the workshops will take place are:

  • London, Wednesday 5th March, Hotel Russell
  • Cardiff, Friday 7th March, Cardiff City Council
  • Newcastle, Tuesday 11th March, Marriott Gosforth Park
  • Glasgow, Wednesday 12th March, The Abode Art House Hotel
  • Manchester, Thursday 13th March, The Marriot Victoria & Albert Hotel
  • Dublin, Thursday 20th March, Venue TBC
The commitment to signing up is to attend the 3 regional workshops (marked in red), attendance/involvement in the other events (marked in purple) shown in the programme illustration below are optional. We want to show you our strategy for the next 12 months and offer you the opportunity to be involved as much as you’d like.

This is a unique opportunity for you to develop your planning knowledge and understanding, make a difference to your organisation’s planning and be a part of the development of planning best practice. There will also be opportunities for you to be part of future planning forum events (conference and seminars) and newsletters either by presenting or table facilitating and writing articles or blogs.

To book your free member places please email events@planningforum.co.uk.

Phil Anderson,
Contact Centre Specialist,
Professional Planning Forum
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