Leadership in a time of change ft Susan Clews of Acas

“Change will have to happen in a lot of companies and focusing on the wellbeing of your people as they go through that change is important.”

As businesses gear up to navigate change, the impact of that will be significant on employees. As a business leader, how can you prepare for this transformation and ensure you are seen to be doing the right thing during a crisis?

We were joined by Susan Clews from workplace experts Acas to share her advice and guidance for businesses around:

  • Refining your leadership style for change
  • Managing staff feedback and engagement
  • Building and maintaining trust while working remotely
  • Looking after your employee’s wellbeing throughout the transformation
  • Advice on navigating difficult territory in the upcoming months

For advice on a range of workplace issues from redundancies to mental health, visit Acas at www.acas.org.uk/ or get in touch with their advisors via the helpline at 0300 123 1100.

Key quotes/takeaways:

“Look after yourself as a leader, remember your own wellbeing is important too as well as working with your team.”

As leaders and managers, we don’t always know how our actions are being perceived, so it’s important to get feedback and ask others how they’re feeling.

“Part of workforce culture is people being prepared to give you feedback and give their views, and I think that works incredibly well to build up trust.”

“The advice Acas would give is to not make hasty decisions but to think through options and alternatives to redundancies – whether you can keep your workforce through flexible working or reducing the hours.”

“Change will have to happen in a lot of companies and focusing on the wellbeing of your people as they go through that change is important.”

Speaker:

Susan Clews, Chief Executive, @acasorguk

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