Workplace Consulting

UN Women

The coronavirus crises has forced many organisations, including the UN Women, to shift its entire workforce to telecommuting. UN Women hired us to support their internal efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and specifically, deliver an online webinar for team leaders and line managers on how to effectively manage a remotely working workforce during a pandemic and beyond.

Un Women

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, is a United Nations entity working for the empowerment of women. In 2017, The Secretary-General launched a System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity, it offers a variety of recommendations on how to make gender parity a reality for the UN.

What are the key factors for successful tele-management? How to manage and lead your team online effectively? How do we make sure to continue creating an enabling environment for all?

The webinar explored how managers could support their teams to successfully work from home for an extended period, discuss possible challenges when supervising from home, and inspire with tips and best practices when managing from home. It supported managers to create an enabling environment for all personnel by drawing from the Enabling Environment Guidelines for the United Nations System, created by UN Women in 2019.

Challenges:

- Contribute to the practical implementation of Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs) for the United Nations System based on the Enabling Environment Guidelines and international best practice

- Support the work of team leaders in the implementation of mass teleworking with concrete tools

- Explore the possibility to support the broader staff at the UN with regards to prolonged, mass telecommuting due to the COVID-19 pandemic

What did we do:

- Run a short survey to identify structural, practical and cultural barriers of mass, long-term teleworking, interviewed key staff personnel from HR departments

- Introduced the "7 Key Ingredients" framework of effectively managing remote teams

- Run a very successful 1-hour online webinar for team leaders with more than 80 participants through which we introduced the "7 Key Ingredients" framework, shared case examples and best practices, provided attendees with an interactive exercise, responded to individual questions, and distributed the handout documents of the webinar

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