Planning for COVID-19

Webinar Series

Planning for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, the changes and impacts will continue for some time. It’s during times like this when you need you remember that you are part of a community of best practice, so don’t be alone. The Forum is your friendly, safe environment for sharing ideas, top tips and pitfalls to avoid. In this time of uncertainty its important that we collaborate and work together, bringing together ideas and use this time as an opportunity to learn and continue to raise standards. 

 We have designed three short series of learning academy modules, along with a top-tips & pitfalls to avoid for homeworking webinar and then a virtual networking group to help you. Phil Anderson has written an article about some of the considerations you might need to make. 

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Free Webinar: 2024 Best Practice Programme

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On the 24th January The Forum launched our 2024 best practice programme, which includes: virtual networking, learning from our award finalists, our spring customer strategy & planning conference, along with the summer & autumn conference later in the year.

For those who follow The Forum, you will know that each year we reframe our thinking with an annual theme.

Join us for another year of improving, growing as a person and professional feel the value of the community.

Free Webinar: Challenges encountered running a remote/hybrid workforce in partnership with Calabrio

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Join Scott Budding at Calabrio, Kim Baker at L&Q, Leighann Radley at Trainline and Phil Anderson at The Forum for a lively, interactive discussion on;

 - ​​​​​​Top challenges with planning this year and expectations for 2024.
 - Has remote working caused a drop in productivity?
 - Thoughtful approaches to managing and accepting attrition.
 - Future possibilities with AI – what role does it play in planning and forecasting?

Free Webinar: Lessons learnt from managing one of the UK’s largest home-based contact centres with Jet2 Holidays in partnership with QStory

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Join Louise Smith from Jet2 Holidays as she chats to QStory’s Nick Ashmore in this insight-packed 30 minute session
- From surviving to thriving – getting agent wellbeing right in a home working environment 
- Transforming the role of team leaders and creating new support departments
- How to move everyone to home working in 3 days
- Realising they had an absenteeism black hole and how they resolved it

Understand the Value of Time in Real-time Planning

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As planners do we see time away from the operation mainly as a cost to control? Instead, how could we analyse where each different area of shrinkage time is adding value? We need to look from the colleague as well as the customer and commercial point of view. This webinar will look at how planners in a real-time environment need to consider these items and how this can change our decisions,
 - Be inspired by an award winning Tactical Planning Manager who demonstrated their success in our 2023 Planning Awards
 - Understand how decisions can affect adjacent measures to the ones we expected.
 - Hear the top takeaways from our awards judges from this year’s awards programme.

Scheduling and the Flexibility Toolkit

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Scheduling isn’t any easier, however our understanding of what works and what doesn’t improves year-on-year, especially with award case studies from Student Loans and RSA. This webinar will explore the challenges of scheduling how the flexibility supports changes and how we can learn from inspirational best practice case studies.
 - Learn the key concepts to build sustainable flexibility.
 - Benchmark yourself by learning what other organisations have successful implemented.
 - Be inspired by Flexi-time at The Student Loans Company and other award case studies.

Forecasting, shaping the future with playbooks

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The purpose isn't to predict the future it is to prepare for the future. The one thing we can predict with confidence is that the future will be uncertain. 

In this webinar we will explore how to forecast uncertainty and have the right plans and playbooks in place to be prepared to deal with this.

Building Best Practice Technology Partnerships

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Making the right decisions when investing in Technology is vital to guarantee it drives value. More importantly building a partnership with your provider is often the most critical step to ensure effective deployment, understanding, embedded usage and engagement.  This webinar will look at what it takes to build an award winning partnership with your technology provider, learning from Award winning Case Studies and our industry leading Judges.
- Learn the building blocks for developing a successful partnership
- How communication and understanding lay the foundations for success
- Be inspired by award winning organisations who demonstrated their success in our 2023 Partnership Award

Learning from the 2023 Awards

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The Forum is always looking for new and inspirational examples of organisations, teams and people raising standards and this year’s awards again demonstrated best-in-class examples of organisation innovation & transformation. This webinar will help you to learn more about the awards programme, including how to access the 68-short-listed finalists stories and hearing from the judges who supported the programme. As a learning organisation our responsibility is to make learning easy for you, and these award case studies provide practical ideas and solutions alongside their inspiring stories.
The 2024 Awards submission is open now, so why not get involved? Hear from this years participants on what it is like to be a finalist and what is involved in the process, alongside hearing what its like to be a judge.