DISPERSED WORK – MANAGING VIRTUAL PEOPLE AND TEAMS
Is your workforce designed for the new realities of the everywhere workplace?
WFD offers a series of highly practical, action-oriented services for organizations, managers, and employees to enhance their ability to manage and work in a dispersed workplace. Grounded in unique, cutting-edge research that WFD conducted with the American Business Collaboration and The Conference Board (see links below), WFD offers dispersed workplace assessments, strategy and planning, dispersed team workouts, executive briefings, and learning and development services, including customized dispersed workplace toolkits
Dispersed Workplace Assessment Services
WFD’s workplace assessments take an organizational “snapshot” of current management and organizational practices. Assessments can be quantitative, qualitative, or blended. WFD assesses nine factors against which results can be benchmarked with its national database:
Strategy and Planning
From extensive, data-rich planning processes that build the foundation for change to half-day action sessions, WFD guides its clients to develop strategies that enlist top management commitment. Each strategy includes specific objectives and action plans and a blueprint for communication and deployment, measurement, learning and development, and programs and initiatives.
Dispersed Team Workout
As a first step, data is gathered on the nine factors above from members of work teams, who are dispersed across time and location and often culture as well. Based on the results of that data, in less than a day, work teams:
Executive Briefings and Presentations
WFD provides highly interactive, research-based executive briefings and presentations on the dispersed workplace for a variety of audiences, including learning and development, talent, and HR organizations; business leadership groups; and functions, like IT and Sales, in which a large number of employees work at a distance. These briefings and presentations provide an overview of the research relevant to the particular audience and action steps that managers and employees can take to increase individual and organizational effectiveness. They are always designed with the unique needs of the audience in mind.
Learning and Development
WFD offers a variety of customized learning and development services, all deeply grounded on its global research, including:
Managing Distance Teams
At the foundation of its learning and development programs is its ground-breaking, e-learning workshop, Managing Distance Teams . Designed for managers of dispersed employees, it starts by addressing the myths and misconceptions that managers often hold about distance work and dispersed workers. It then provides skill-building modules on managing individual employees and employee teams and ends with a module on developing high performance, dispersed teams.
Managing Distance Teams is based on sixteen tools, tips, and templates that learners master interactively and then apply in a series of reality-based case studies. Tools, tips, and templates include:
The tools, tips, and templates can also be packaged in customized, standalone toolkits with step-by-step action guides. The toolkits can be incorporated into an organization’s own learning and development program or be made available on-line as an adjunct to training.
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