Upcoming Academy Modules

Over 140 modules of learning form the backbone of our academy, allowing you to focus on what is most relevant and important. Join the courses as online modules for just £45pp and pace yourself, with learning modules every month or quarter, to build a development plan for the year that is bespoke to your needs.


Measures of Success for Scheduling

Hosted on 15th January 2019 By Phil Anderson

Scheduling is much more than creating shifts and therefore the success criteria for shift design is much more than schedule fit. This module will explore the key responsibilities of a scheduler and how a holistic view is required to set measures of success. Learning outcomes include:
 - What does good look like? Understand the importance of scheduling and the key responsibilities, including key characteristics of good and bad schedules.
 - Define your purpose. Understand how schedules support your business strategy and its importance to customer and employee satisfaction
 - Schedule fit & other measures. Introduction to different ways of measuring scheduling fit and how these can be incorporated into a more holistic framework of success measures.

Intro to Scheduling (with lessons from the best in class)

Hosted on 15th February 2019 By Phil Anderson

This module provides an introductory understanding of:
 - the fundamental inputs and outputs of the scheduling processes.
 - the role of scheduling within the planning cycle 
 - the characteristics of best in class scheduling teams as evidenced through The Forum's standards benchmarking programme

How to drive engagement though shift review

Hosted on 8th March 2019 By Leigh McIlwaine

Shift reviews deliver many benefits to many areas of the business
 - Performance - Improved customer experience
 - Attrition, Absence - Reduced stress of busy peaks and boredom of quiet times
 - Employee Engagement - Flexibility to meet lifestyles of your teams

Understand the key principles which will drive engagement across your organisation, face the fear of shift patterns and bring a united, collaborative approach to making change possible

Data Visualisation in Scheduling

Hosted on 5th July 2019 By Phil Anderson

Explore effective ways of presenting data in a meaningful, interesting and engaging way. Improve the way you inform and persuade your key stakeholders.  
 - Understand why your existing reports don’t excite or engage your stakeholders
 - Learn the basics of data visualisation and how to communicate information
 - Apply “2 key questions” and start the use the tools and resource you need 

Intro to Advanced Vol & Flex Balancing Mathematics

Hosted on 8th October 2019 By Phil Anderson

Understand the benefits of taking a more in-depth view into the volatility of your supply and demand, and flexibility requirements.
 - Understand the value of further analysis.
 - Learn analysis techniques to measure variance
 - Translate this into a practical output for flexibility

Advanced Vol & Flex Balancing Strategies

Hosted on 18th October 2019 by Phil Anderson

Develop your flexibility offering with deeper analysis of your supply and demand, driving a workforce strategy.
 - Understand the scale of volatility
 - Engage your stakeholders with advanced analysis
 - Use this to drive decisions and develop a workforce strategy

Understanding the Flexibility Toolkit

Hosted on 12th February 2020 by Phil Anderson

Once you have determined the volatility of your volumes you can start to think of ways to manage this through scheduling. The flexibility toolkit contains 18 options that you can use in your business. Learning outcomes include:
 - What are the flexibility options and which can be combined? 
 - Pros and cons of each method and case study examples of how they’ve been implemented.
 - Understanding how different tool kit options can be used strategically and tactical

Free Webinar: Successful Homeworking Strategies

Hosted on 26th March 2020, by Phil Anderson & David Preece

Make Homeworking a successful and sustainable flexibility option for your business which support your people and customers. COVID-19 has created an urgent need for homeworking, those business’s who have previously said “no”, or “not this year”, have now reacted and bought 1,000 new laptops! Homeworking is more than just working from home, this webinar will explore 10-years of best practice from The Forum along with expert advice from established homeworking provider Arise and Sensee.

 - Best practice, top tips and practical case studies.
 - Classic pitfalls to avoid
 - How to create a sustainable homeworking strategy

Free Webinar: Planning for COVID-19: Part 2 Scheduling, introducing flexibility

Hosted on 31st March 2020 by Phil Anderson and David Preece

Discover different ways to add and increase your flexibility to meet the changing demands for your business. Learn how to prepare your colleagues and how to support them into temporary changes to their working patterns. Learn how to increase and decrease hours, depending on your need.

 - Learn how other organisations have applied the flexibility toolkit
 - Pitfalls to avoid and classic mistakes that can come back to haunt you
 - Distinguish being tactical trials and pilot schemes and long-term strategy 

This is the second in a four-part series in the Planning COVID-19 learning academy series.
 

Free Webinar: Planning for COVID-19, Revisiting Homeworking

Hosted on 22nd April 2020 by Phil Anderson

How is your new virtual contact centre performing? Following on from the panel discussion last month, this is an opportunity to reflect on what you’ve achieved, learn from what other organisations have done and start to consider your long-term operating model.
 - Hear from industry professionals around their approach to Planning for COVID-19
 - What would you have done differently?
 - Start to consider your exit strategy and prepare for the future “business as usual” 

Free Webinar: Planning for COVID-19, How COVID-19 is impacting business culture, with guest speaker Lou Banks, Rising Vibe

Hosted on 23rd April 2020 by Phil Anderson

Discover the impact of COVID-19 on your business culture and how to enable small shifts to tackle implications on employee mental health. Gain insight into social pain and how COVID-19 is exacerbating this. 

The World Health Organisation have issued advice and guidance on Mental Health Considerations during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

Rising Vibe understand the impact on both employees and leaders at this difficult time. Whether employees are feeling fear around catching the virus or economic implications on their life, or leaders are experiencing stress and anxiety around managing a business or keeping an SME afloat during this time, we are all experiencing some low vibe emotions in this current climate of uncertainty. 

Listen in and find out how you can learn from this and make changes in your business.

Predictability of Events

Hosted on 9th June 2020 by Alison Conaghan

A chance to practice assessing the predictability of events through a classic exercise from The Forum to help you hone your skills in forecasting ad hoc events.

Understanding your Volatility & Flexibility

Hosted on 11th June 2020 by Phil Anderson

The basis of a best practice scheduling strategy is a clear understanding of the volatility of workload and the amount of flexibility to need and can afford.  This module introduces you to theoretical models and calculations to understand your flexibility need.  Learning outcomes include:
 - What does volatility & flexibility mean and the importance of defining these for your business.
 - How to calculate the volatility of demand and amount of flexibility available
 - Understanding different flexibility needs based on different starting positions, e.g. annually and daily, compared to average, compared to budget

Scheduling & The Flexibility Toolkit

Hosted on 24th June by Phil Anderson

One you have determined the volatility of your volumes you can start to think of ways to manage this through scheduling. The flexibility toolkit contains 18 options that you can use in your business. Learning outcomes include:
 - What are the flexibility options and which can be combined? 
 - Pros and cons of each method and case study examples of how they’ve been implemented.
 - Understanding how different tool kit options can be used strategically and tactical

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