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. 

To view series 1 and 2 you need to log in to the website. Click on My Account at the top right to register or log in. 

Free Webinar: Breakdown to Breakthrough with Rising Vibe

24th March 2022, 12pm

Goals, targets, outcomes and objectives are important. Having a focus and something to aim for is motivating for most people. However according to research 98% of us will die without fulfilling our dreams* and only 8% of people achieve their goals.**
 
So why is this? Based on our experience working with many individuals, and entire organisations, it’s all about trying to do too much too quickly. Baby stepping might not be as sexy as a quantum leap, however it is a sure way to move forwards.
 
In this webinar we will explore:
 - The difference between a baby step and a quantum leap
 - The impact of negativity bias on our motivation
 - The 4 steps to define the perfect baby step outcome
 - How to breakdown our barriers to breakthrough and move forwards using the Rising Vibrational Scale
 
*Wealth Research Group **University of Scranton

Free Webinar: How NatWest has transformed contact centre productivity & adherence whilst improving colleague engagement at scale with QStory

8th March 2022, 12pm

NatWest has been live with QStory, the pioneers of intraday automation for 12 months. The initial roll out was to 2,500 agents in Customer Contact. Other departments rapidly came on board, taking the total deployment to 4,000 agents.
 
Hear how this implementation has helped to;
 - Deliver the NatWest colleague agenda and associated cultural change
 - Enable the reinvestment of time back into agent professional development and engagement
 - Transform productivity and schedule adherence

Free Webinar: Agent Mental Health: How Behavioural Data Science Can Improve Wellbeing in partnership with Sabio

Hosted on 10th February 2022

Phil Anderson, Director at The Forum will be joined by Scott Budding from Sabio and Phoebe Asquith of People Matter to discuss the importance of monitoring and supporting the mental health of contact centre agents.

This session will focus on how psycho-social research has presented new ways for us to surface tailored insights and understand root causes of poor mental health. 

Free Webinar in partnership with NICE Systems

Hosted 3rd February 2022

Customer + Colleague + Corporate - The Changing Interdependencies within Contact Centre Stakeholders

Customer + Colleague + Corporate: Over time, each of these constituent parts of the contact centre ecosystem have traded focus. We are now in an age where colleagues and staff are seen as the key component to success. The "Great Resignation" is being driven by a highly competitive job market, with organisations competing for staff. What can contact centre managers to do combat this?

 - Drive up employee engagement

 - Offer effective development plans for staff

 - Understand and map out the Employee Journey

 - New definition of Hybrid Working

 - What role does WFM play?

Free Webinar: Enabling your business to deliver workforce agility with Anaplan

Hosted 27th January 2022

The ability to attract and retain qualified talent remains a top concern for most business leaders and executives, but these challenges have been compounded by the pandemic, causing shifts in the workplace, people moving between and out of jobs, and rising salaries and wages.

Join our webinar to discover the best way to eliminate siloed planning and foster real-time collaboration across your business functions. Phil Anderson and Anaplan Vice President, HR Practice Rupert Bader will discuss how you can:  

 - Save time and costs by eliminating cumbersome spreadsheets

 - Bring transparency to your workforce and manage key metrics for talent costs

 - Create a comprehensive, up-to-date digital model of your organisation to streamline workforce planning and increase business impact and resilience

 - Drive engagement and collaboration on talent and budget decisions that are aligned with business strategy and priorities

Talent continues to be one of the biggest risks and costs to many organisations today, with all eyes on HR to effectively utilise data to ensure the workforce aligns with objectives for business growth and success. HR and workforce planning must become dynamic, continuous, and an extension of strategic, operational, and financial plans.

Free Webinar: Contrasting worlds at British Gas before and after the implementation of ‘Intelligent Automation’ from Intradiem

Hosted on 21st October 2021

Hear from Matt Rumins (Intradiem) and Scott Watkin (British Gas) as they reflect on the current challenges being faced by real time and planning teams and what a tough environment it is to operate in. Featuring the contrasting worlds of operating before and after the implementation of ‘Intelligent Automation’ from Intradiem, Scott & Matt will explain what life was like before features like real time task management, flex staffing, call handling support and dynamic coaching were available and cover some of the key benefits these are now bringing to agents, team leaders and planning teams. 

Free Webinar: How your business can fight back against volatile demand. Sponsored by QStory

Hosted on 30th September 2021

Traditional forecast models and techniques have been undermined by changes in customer behaviour as a result of the pandemic which have made demand levels increasingly volatile. Instead of being a cause for concern, is this an opportunity for Planning teams everywhere to change their focus?  Is it time that the focus was placed on flexibility and the ability to respond to volatility? In this webinar, David Preece from QStory and Dave Vernon Director at The Forum will discuss the drive for accuracy vs the drive for agility and highlight the key role that Intraday Automation can play in helping planners to adapt to 'the new different'.

Free Webinar: Contact & Call Centres Re-imagined - Planning Flexible Workplace Strategies for the traditionally non-flexible business. Sponsored by Anaplan

23rd September 2021, 12:00

Remote and hybrid work was historically seen as only for the lucky few, and certainly never for the likes of contact or call centre workers. That all changed when the pandemic sent all non-essential workers around the world home. It not only worked – many businesses saw productivity increases.  Twelve+ months later, with lessons learned, the question on many leaders’ minds for their business critical contact centres, is should we bring them back?

The right decision is not obvious, and must be anchored to the business goals and strategy. We will spend this session sharing approaches and highlighting some of the dependencies and variables to consider as you navigate the future of work for your organisation.

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