Learning & development at work
Connexus has seen many changes over the past few years, with two housing providers merging, creating an increased workforce across a wider geography and adopting new systems and ways of working. Learning and development; providing our colleagues with the knowledge, skills and resources to deliver in these new ways, is key to their success. For Connexus, COVID-19 has further accelerated some of our planned changes, particularly around our approach to remote working, meaning we’ve had to quickly learn and adapt – managing and supporting our teams differently as well as finding innovative solutions to keep our services running in a safe way.
With these changes and new changes brought about by COVID-19, investing in our leaders is key. The Leadership Development Programme at Connexus has been specifically linked to managing in the Connexus way, to support the development of our leadership team, strengthening their skills to be fit for the future. The programme is focussed on individual development, as well as the collective leadership group development. Through using tools such as 360 degree assessments and Myers Briggs type indicators, we’ve been able to explore individual strengths and differences, and look at how we can use that to become a better leadership group as a whole.
Leading remote teams requires different skills, and we’re being proactive in identifying skills which support managing and working from a distance, as part of our programme. Indeed, even our programme is now being run from a distance! When it first started we were meeting collectively, face to face, with break-out sessions to support development and teamwork too. We didn’t want to lose momentum with this, so our Learning and Development team have been working hard to adapt, so that we can continue to run our programme remotely.
The programme covers a range of topics from problem solving in the Connexus Way, to wellbeing and leading safety, and managing our colleague journey. With 12 modules, the programme is run in small groups for each session, bringing together a range of skills and knowledge within those groups. Following on from each group, we run action learning sets, looking at how our learning has been put into practice and to share experiences and identify any further learning.