Pre-Conference Workshops: Find Out Why ALI Workshops Are Consistently Rated As Valuable Time Spent! - 05/10/2022
11:00 am - 11:15 am
Welcome & Speed Networking
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Workshop A: Uncovering the Hidden Treasures Buried in the Hearts and Minds of Your Workforce
Conference Chair: Kevin Finke, Founder and Chief Experience Officer | Experience Willow
If you want to strike gold with your communications today, it’s essential you start with the needs and feelings of the employees experiencing them. At his design firm, Kevin helps his HR and Communications clients uncover the hidden treasures that make employees tick. Using a simple design method called an Empathy Map, he and his partners dig into the hearts and minds of employees and leaders alike to creatively design their solutions from the inside-out.
In this 90-minute deep-dive session, you will:
Be introduced to empathy maps and experience real-world stuff born from them
Work with peers to create an empathy map and come up with new solutions to your pressing communications challenges
Participate in a live breakout retrospective to share creative ideas and learnings
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Refresh & Recharge
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Workshop B: Connecting With > Connecting To | Comms Tools To Drive High-Touch Employee Connections
Jason Anthoine, Managing Founder | Audacity
Over the last 24 months, all the companies released all the tools so they could stay connected to their employees. Zoom, Teams, Slack, intranets, apps, texts, microsites, macrosites and just about everything else you can think were deployed so they could reach their folks when they wanted to. As a result, two things happened. Newly remote employees started feeling like “ok, ok, enough is enough already.” And deskless employees, who simply can’t work remotely, still felt like “what about us?”
In this mad rush to connect to (some of) their employees, companies and leaders overlooked the main point entirely: connecting with their employees. Any comms channel (from the latest digital whirligig to a printed bulletin board posting) can connect to your employees. But it’s the connecting with that drives employee experience, engagement, pride, recognition, appreciation, energy, business results and all the feels that make a great culture.
In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore ways to use your high-tech (and low-tech) comms tools to drive high-touch employee connections that matter. We’ll cover:
Uncovering what your employees really want, with some fresh survey results to help you build your case
Determining which tools you should stop/start/continue
Improving your employee experience by sharply defining the difference between Internal Communications and Intentional Conversations
Convincing your leaders (yep, even that one difficult person you can’t seem to solve for) why they should spend less time “communicating" and more time connecting
Refreshing your internal comms approach so you’re standardizing what needs to be done vs. centralizing everything that is being done (isn’t your plate more than full already?)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Refresh & Recharge
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Workshop C: Re-Building Workforce Relationships Through Gamification
Blair Bloomston, CEO | Game On Nation
This highly interactive workshop explores how gamification can help spark authentic connection and re-build relationships for workforces that have transitioned to hybrid or all-remote interaction.
For more than 24 years, Game On Nation has mastered the art of applying game-based motivational factors to non-game initiatives like workplace culture, helping executives and teams achieve high-performance. With employee interaction and the way teams connecting shifting rapidly, the power of connecting people back to your brand, mission, and one another is game-changing.
You’ll experience the positive influence of four game dynamics: Mystery, Incentive, Laughter, and Empowerment, and walk-away with tangible techniques and good-to-do action steps to bring these connection points to life within your organization.
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Close Of Workshops
Blair Bloomston CEO | Game On Nation
Conference Chair: Kevin Finke Founder and Chief Experience Officer | Experience Willow