This October, Cenera hosted a virtual event in partnership with CPHR Alberta entitled Leading Remotely: How Does HR Support Leadership? The event attracted over 100 attendees, and our expert panel of leaders and HR professionals delivered an engaging and insightful discussion, moderated by Janice MacPherson, Director of Operations at CPHR Alberta, about the successes and pitfalls of assisting and supporting leaders remotely.

We want to thank our brilliant panelists who shared insights and key lessons on what it means to lead in the age of newly remote teams.

  • Celine Williams, ACC – Executive Coach & Culture Strategist, revisionary
  • Anette Ceraficki – HR Manager, Getty Images
  • Rod Miller, MBA, CPHR, SHRM-SCP – President & CEO, CPHR Alberta
  • Sheri Brake, B.Comm, MIR, CPHR – Director, Cenera

It was a fantastic event full of mentorship, meaningful discussions, empowerment and connection. Here are a few notable takeaways.

Supporting Employees’ Mental Health

There is no doubt about it; the pandemic is taking a toll on mental health. Panelists agreed that as we move through the crisis and adjust to the next normal, social isolation and loneliness are becoming a growing concern. HR professionals and senior leaders are in a unique position to be advocates for mental health within the workplace. Those who live alone, are raising or homeschooling kids, or caring for ageing parents are particularly vulnerable to mental health struggles, as the demands of home and work become overwhelming. Now more than ever, we must provide proven mental health resources and strategies to support employees through this extraordinary time.

Building and Maintaining Workplace Trust

Trust takes on a whole new meaning when teams are working remotely. Attendees engaged in a thought-provoking discussion on how HR professionals can build and maintain trust with employees, so that they can continue to advocate for their needs. Does the leader trust the employee? Does the employee trust the leader? Does the leader feel trusted? And, does the employee feel trusted? The answers to these questions may have a large impact on how well remote work moves forward. To learn more about strategies for building and maintaining workplace trust, be sure to read our blog here.

HR Strategies: Earning a Seat at the Table

If you look at the best companies to work for, they all have one thing in common: happy people. When employees are satisfied with their work lives, they are more likely to show up each day, apply themselves fully, and produce great work. On the flip side, when employees are unhappy, they are more likely to disengage, become less productive, and the likelihood of turnover increases exponentially. Our panelists reiterated this reality and identified the tremendous opportunity for HR professionals to take a seat at the executive table, advocate for employees, and help senior leaders understand that keeping people happy isn’t just good for morale. It’s good for their bottom line.

Leading Teams Post-Pandemic

Both panelists and attendees shared stories and experiences about leading and being led remotely. The consensus was clear that most employees want a combination of office and remote work. Suppose a hybrid model is the way of the future. In that case, leading organizations need to be thinking about how they can accommodate workplace preferences to attract and retain the best employees.

If your leaders are struggling to lead and manage in new ways in response to the sudden shift to remote work, we can help. Cenera’s Coaches have a proven track record for unlocking leadership potential, supporting leaders on their journey to develop the skills to think, act and influence strategically. Contact us today to book your consultation.

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