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Making homeworking a success: Getting the most from remote/hybrid working styles

08 December 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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This interactive webinar will provide participants with evidence-informed guidance on the risks and benefits of homeworking and how these can be managed.

The COVID-19 crisis has required many people to work at home for an extended period.

Although there are still many uncertainties, homeworking is set to continue for many employees into the foreseeable future for at least some of the working week.

While some have found working from home a positive experience, others have struggled to adjust to their new working conditions.

According to a recent survey more than nine out of ten (93%) of employees who worked at home during the pandemic wish to continue in some capacity after restrictions are lifted, with around half (47%) wanting to do so often or always (Felstead, 2021).    

Estimates vary, but many organisations across sectors plan to continue with remote working, at least in the short term. Some have made a clear commitment to this practice by reducing their office space. Evidence for improved staff wellbeing, reduced overheads and improved productivity are the key drivers of such initiatives, as well as concerns about losing valued employees who wish to continue homeworking (ONS, 2021).

A ‘hybrid’ model is particularly popular, where the independence and flexibility of homeworking is balanced with the structure and sociability of being on-site (CIPD, 2020). Organisations are adopting various hybrid models, with some offering a ‘split-week’ model (e.g. three days in the office and two from home or another location), some a ‘week by week’ model (alternating between home and onsite working on a weekly basis) and others implementing an ‘at will’ model (where employees can choose the arrangement that fits their needs).

Research has highlighted the benefits of homeworking such as improved wellbeing and performance (Felstead, 2021). Nonetheless, organisations should be aware of the risks of homeworking and the need to develop policies and practices and workplace cultures that enable employees to thrive. Individuals need to develop the competencies required to work at home in a healthy and sustainable way to protect work-life balance and wellbeing and improve productivity.

In this live interactive workshop, we will provide participants with evidence-informed guidance on the risks and benefits of homeworking and how these can be managed. A range of frameworks and tools will be outlined that will enhance knowledge, skills and professional practice.

Both presenters are internationally recognised experts in the field of work-life balance and remote working and have developed theory, frameworks and tools widely used in organisational settings.  They have presented at many BPS and DOP events and previously delivered a workshop on work-life balance for Learning a Living and more recently written guidance for homeworkers and organisations during the pandemic. 

Target audience

There is a clear market for his workshop with many organisations already employing homeworkers and others considering moving to remote/hybrid working.

The target audience for this workshop will be occupational, organisational and work psychologists (practitioners and academics) who wish to develop their knowledge and skills regarding home/remote working and work-life balance models, theory and interventions.

It will also be relevant for people working in human resources, in training and development and health and safety roles.

The workshop will be suitable for experienced, mid and early career individuals. As well as enhancing professional practice, it will also help delegates manage their own work-life balance more effectively. No prior knowledge of work-life balance theory and practice is required.

This webinar will be recorded and made available as a recording for everyone who registers.

Take a look at a Q&A session with the presenters by our journalist team for the Psychologist magazine.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the different types of homeworking and working styles, including hybrid working.
  2. Identify the risks and the benefits of homeworking, its implications for wellbeing and performance and the groups of employees that can be at greater/lesser risk.
  3. Communicate the need for organisations to develop multi-level approaches to supporting remote workers.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of how managers can support the wellbeing, learning, engagement and effectiveness of staff virtually, enhance virtual teamworking.
  5. Identify the need for holistic risk assessments for homeworkers that encompass psychosocial and physical factors and access to equipment, training and support.  
  6. Articulate an awareness of the need for homeworkers to develop the competencies found to protect their wellbeing such as boundary setting, ‘e-resilience’ and the use of formal/informal support structures.
  7. Demonstrate an awareness of the need for a flexible approach to managing work-life balance for homeworkers that accommodates individual differences.
  8. Provide a rationale for an evidence-based approach when supporting homeworking, involving employees in guiding change and evaluating interventions.

Presenter: Professor Gail Kinman CPsychol FBPsS

Professor Gail Kinman is Visiting Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at Birkbeck University of London. She is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences. Gail has published widely in the field of occupational health psychology, with a particular interest in the wellbeing of people working in the ‘helping’ professions.  She has a long-standing interest in work-life balance. Gail has recently been appointed to the Board of the Council for Work and Health and is on the editorial board of several high impact journals such as the British Medical She is currently working with Public Health England, the Society of Occupational Medicine, Education Support and the British Psychological Society to formulate guidelines to help organisations and individuals manage the demands posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.  She has developed and delivered well received training sessions and workshops on work-life balance and wellbeing in the private and public sectors. Most recently, she has been commissioned by Research in Practice to develop and deliver training for social work practitioners and leaders in building psychological resilience and protecting work-life balance.

Dr Christine Grant CPsychol AFBPsS

Dr Christine Grant is Deputy Head of the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University, a Chartered and HCPC registered Occupational Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. As a leading applied researcher in the field of remote e-working, she is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Healthcare Research at Coventry University and also an Associate Fellow of the Digit Innovation Centre, University of Sussex. Her work explores the psychological impact of technology on remote e-workers work-life balance, job effectiveness and well-being, with a particular interest in developing measures, interventions and coping strategies for employees, managers and organisations. She has recently co-edited a book on agile working and well-being and has developed a digital resilience competency framework for a large private sector organisation.  Christine has received research funding from the ESPRC and more recently from the Digit Innovation ESRC fund alongside her consultancy work. During the pandemic she contributed to POST the Government scientific body and also as a member of the British Psychological Society’s Covid Crisis ‘Working Differently’ Group.

Timetable

Start: 11:00

Finish: 13:00

Price £80.00 (£66.67 + VAT)
Society member

£48.50 (£40.42 + VAT)

Please note:
1. Online bookings will close at 11:00 on 8 December 2021.

2. A Zoom link to join the webinar will be sent to everyone registered on the webinar day.

To register for the webinar you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button. When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

There is a £15 cancellation fee.

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