Addressing a toxic workplace to rebuild relationships and productivity
How do workplaces become toxic? These damaging environments often develop following a significant negative event, or because of a series of issues that slowly erode morale over time. The results can be devastating for an organization, leading to conflicts, a loss of talented team members, and a steady decline in productivity.
The Workplace Restoration program uses role-playing exercises, case studies and facilitated discussions to help you identify, monitor and address these situations. This program is critical for organizations experiencing disruption in workplace relations, such as prolonged conflict or bullying, increasing harassment or grievance claims, leadership issues, strikes, investigations, mergers and acquisitions, terminations or significant organizational changes.
Learn. Design. Implement.
A poisoned workplace is one in which the behaviours of people negatively affect communication and productivity. This hostile environment has a substantial impact on trust, morale, employee retention and your bottom line. Learn how to identify the root causes and restore a healthy, respectful and productive work environment.
a) Do you know what’s really happening in your workplace?
You’ll learn how to recognize the activities, events and issues that contribute to a toxic work environment, and how to use screening tools to better understand the signs and symptoms of conflict. We’ll explore ways to communicate the assessment process and discuss methods for working with employees to get at the root of the problem.
b) Using evidenced –based data for real analysis
Using simulations and proven methodologies, you’ll have the opportunity to learn new data collection techniques to support your analysis of your workplace and identify specific causes. You’ll learn how to create surveys and reports that clearly describe problems and provide direction for a rebuilding plan.
c) Developing a collaborative action plan
Stakeholder buy-in is a critical component of your planning process. We’ll help you develop a strategy that is transparent, collaborative and builds trust. You’ll learn how to communicate the results of your assessment and the situations that are negatively impacting your organization, while providing a safe space for honest discussions that pave the way towards workplace restoration.
Once your restoration strategy is developed, we’ll show you how to effectively implement it. You’ll learn techniques and tools for building trust and coaching champions across the organization, which will in turn increase confidence and productivity.
e) Staying the course
Ensure that your action plan is sustainable with monitoring and ongoing assessment of your work environment. We’ll provide you with measurement tools to track potential recurrences, and practice strategies for addressing resistance to change.
Learn by doing, with real-life case studies and role-playing that prepares you to apply evidence-based tools and templates within your organization. The Workplace Restoration program provides the opportunity to practice new skills and techniques for managing conflict, along with tools for rebuilding a healthy and productive workplace.
You’ll learn how to:
- Recognize and respond to the signs and root causes of a poisoned work environment
- Use data and assessment techniques to better understand key issues and their effect on productivity
- Develop strategies to address negative behaviour and provide a common ground for a safe and healthy environment
- Use staged conflict resolution approaches to implement a sustainable dispute resolution process
- Create and implement a measurable plan to restore relationships, regain trust and build an ideal workplace environment for your teams.
- Create safe spaces for employee feedback and collaboration
- Retain and re-motivate top employees and teams
- Nurture healthy, respectful relationships that promote high performance
- Reduce grievance arbitration costs and improve productivity
- Develop sustainable and measurable strategies for long-term workplace health
- Assessment, screening and data analysis templates
- Conflict resolution exercises
- Strategies for effective communications
- Terms of reference and charter frameworks
- Sample workplace assessment report and action plan
Who should attend?
- Managers, supervisors, union officials, labour relations and human resources professionals responsible for employee relations
- Teams working to re-build workplace trust after a significant event
Anne Grant has practised as a full time mediator and conflict resolution professional since 1994. Anne’s dispute resolution practice includes extensive mediation of labour and civil disputes. She specializes in the assessment and restoration of poisoned work environments as well as conducting a range of workplace investigations. Currently she is the lead facilitator for the Queen’s IRC Labour Relations Foundations, Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation, and Workplace Restoration programs, and Past President of the ADR Institute of Ontario.
In the area of labour relations, Anne has facilitated the development of collective bargaining mandates, assisted workplace parties to implement...
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