Coronavirus Resource Hub – Podcasts & Webinars

Coronavirus Resource Hub – Podcasts & Webinars 2020-08-28T15:00:07+01:00

PPMA Covid-19 Podcast Series

We are delivering a series of Podcasts touching on the different HR & OD aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  We will  publish the podcast here and we will be adding new topics over the next few months.

  • Series overview 
  • Wellbeing in the context of Covid-19
  • Applying behavioural science
  • Managing employee engagement and effective communications in crisis
  • Supporting our leaders and managers.

How Behavioural Science Can Influence People During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Podcast featuring Prof Jim McManus

Behaviour Science and it’s role in the management of Covid-19. In it, Professor Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire CC and VP of the Association of Directors of Public Health, talks about what the science is and how it’s being used by the government and also the HR and OD community in these difficult times.

He also discusses the importance of the HR & OD community working together with other public services communities, the role of public health modelling and why it’s needed in from a workforce demand and supply perspective, how to filter out some of the constant information we’re bombarded with in order to stay resilient and protect our mental health and how council staff might be deployed to help with contact tracing.

Jim also shares some information about the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network which is a group that he chairs. It’s role is to link behavioural science to the health of the public and he believes that HR & OD professionals would benefit tremendously from becoming  member. Karen is a member of the network and she is working with Jim to talk about how we might be able to collaborate to offer specially tailored podcasts, webinars and other events for PPMA members. You can find about more about the network here and we will be sending out more information shortly.

Karen Grave Introduces The New PPMA HR Podcast Series

This is the first podcast in our new series and it features PPMA President Karen Grave talking about the challenges facing our HR community during this unprecedented time. She shares some of the great work that’s being done around the country, talks about working across a public service economy and the role that public services workers have in protecting the community and the NHS, the challenges of working from home and much more.

You can contact Karen with any thoughts or comments via email at [email protected]

We hope that you find the podcast a helpful source of inspiration, practical support and advice.

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PPMA Lunch and Learn Webinar Sessions

We are happy to be running a series of joint lunchtime learning webinar sessions with some of our sponsors and colleagues over the next few weeks on topical issues.

  • Talking talent during COVID-19, insights from Penna
  • Managing Agency during Corona crisis with Matrix-SCM
  • From Trauma to Triumph – with Michael Byrne founder of lived experience trauma support

In our current and future workplaces, what part does love play in leadership? with Helena Clayton

In this webinar, we’re delighted to hear from Helena Clayton about some key work she has been doing around love and its relationship to leadership. Helena undertook some research to answer a really interesting question: In our current and future workplaces, what part does love play in leadership?

Helena will share with us the key findings from her research and share with us some themes and ideas we need to incorporate into our HR & OD practice.

In Conversation with Dr Steve Marshall from Ashridge Hult Business School

Covid-19 has brought about enormous changes to our organisations. And although we are now working through recovery, our realities are that we’re still dealing with the impact of lockdown on our communities, our partners and our workforce.

In this ‘In conversation with’ webinar, Karen is delighted to be talking to Dr Steve Marshall from Ashridge Hult Business School. Steve is an inspiring leader, thinker, educator and writer. Steve has been “looking differently at our world for some time now” and takes a See Think Be and Do approach.

Steve’s recent writings on wisdom, meaning and connection have really encapsulated the challenges, the yearnings, and the dilemmas that the events of 2020 have highlighted.

We really hope you will join us for a 40 minute discussion. It is a fabulous opportunity to listen to a wise, compassionate, curious and inspiring man.

Emerging Trends in Diversity & Inclusion with Oracle

Join the international respected Sasha Scott who is an expert in diversity, bias, inclusivity and managing psychological health.

Sasha will share the emerging trends relating to the drivers behind reducing bias within the workplace and action that can be taken to create a more inclusive and diverse place where everyone can thrive and flourish. Joining her will be Kerry Nutley, UKI Strategy Director and Stafford Burt, Principal Solution Engineer at Oracle who will discuss the digital environment and how products like Oracle HCM can support through digital community creation and recognition.

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Securing business continuity – successfully adapting to change with Iken

Covid 19 has shone a light on emergency planning and Business Continuity Planning.

As we know established processes are key to business continuity planning. Many of us will have implemented BCPs during the initial stages of the Covid crisis.

However as we start to think through a possible second wave over Autumn, it’s a good time to take a step back and revisit this subject.

So in this webinar with Iken we will be looking at top tips for business continuity planning. We’ll cover the technical aspects e.g., data mapping, workflow, but we’ll also be thinking about lessons learn from what we have done so far, particularly as it relates to supporting our people.

Delivering Social Value during lockdown and a more explicit role for HR & OD with Matrix-SCM

A panel discussion with leading Social Value professionals who are actively driving community engagement across London through activities such as Employability Workshops. In this panel we explored what has changed about Social Value during lockdown and understand how they have continued to support local communities.

From Performance Management Sceptics to Superheroes – maximising line manager impact with Amira Kohl

These are uncertain times. The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust seismic change upon us all. Great performance management has been proven to improve individual and organisational performance, productivity and engagement. Many organisations are having to do more with less, so getting performance management right has never been more critical. Line managers have a considerable impact on the overall performance, development and work engagement of their teams. But line managers vary – some are people management ‘superheroes’, whilst others may feel more like ‘accidental line managers’. The question is, how best to identify them, handle them, and maximise their impact?

In this webinar, we will be covering:

1. Three key principles of effective performance management

2. Why line managers are your best asset

3. The three types of managers and how to identify and handle them

4. Insights drawn from the private and public sector

5. Practical tools and techniques to optimise performance management in your organisation

This webinar will provide useful insight for HR professionals, senior leaders and line managers alike.

How to Be More Punk in Business with Punk Incorporated

Training to thrive – essential top tips for delivering training with Iken

Webinar summary: “Top tips and best practice for overcoming the challenges and maximising the opportunities of remotely delivered, on-line training”

Penna Sourcing – Difficult to fill vacancies – when advertising just isn’t enough!

1. Covid hasn’t removed the pressing demand for high quality professionals and/or volume numbers of professionals across finance, procurement, IT, digital, HR etc – and with more demand expected how do you increase your chances of success.

2. Penna outline their success in deploying market mapping and direct sourcing methods to identify and attract niche professionals at middle management level and lead experts in high numbers.

3. Join Jon Dilling, Sonia Tanda and Basildon District Council to outline what you can do when advertising isn’t enough.

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The new reality brought upon by COVID-19 with KPMG and Oracle

The new reality brought upon by COVID-19 has thrust HR as a function to the forefront within Local Government. In both Public and Private sectors, HR is being asked to develop new strategies, policies and plans on how to manage workforces in remote and shared workspaces, navigate risk, and negotiate workplace safety.

The response HR is providing needs to be practical and simple as well as operationally sound and empathetic. As a function, HR needs to continually develop and evolve as part of its business continuity planning, as it itself reacts to health and scientific advice.

Please join the PPMA webinar where Mel Newton, UK Partner in the Financial Services People and Change Practice, leading KPMG’s COVID-19 People Consulting response, will discuss the practical steps of getting ready for a return to the office including workforce planning, risk mitigation, and employee engagement. Joining her will be Kerry Nutley, UKI Strategy Director at Oracle who will discuss the emotional considerations and key learnings learnt from the latest HR Talk Time series.

You’ll hear about:
The four stages of the COVID-19 response and the planning steps involved in each
HR and the new focus on business continuity and resilience management
How HR professionals can support employees in the next 6-9 months – core considerations

In Conversation with Rob Moss, Editor, Personnel Today

During this broadcast PPMA President, Karen Grave will debate with Rob if there is light at the end of the tunnel – what is emerging for HR &OD as lockdown is lifted and is this a once in a generation opportunity for HR & OD to take centre stage on the journey ahead as business and society begin to emerge into a different world that will be forever changed.

Penna Assessment – Designing and delivering assessment online

1. We’ve been delivering online assessments for many years, but the majority of assessment centres (selection and development) were still delivered face to face. Along comes Covid and we’re now delivering all assessment on line.

2.Don’t risk reverting to the use of interview only – we all know the statistics of accuracy are low.

3.Hear from Ann Hartley, Tom Kelly and Julie Towers about the adaptation of selection and development activity online and the challenges and opportunities of doing so. Marshah Dixon -Terry of Homes England will join the discussion to share how they have lived their digital strategy and commitment to diversity through delivering their development centres virtually to 100s of colleagues.

How to ensure a smooth re-boarding and re-forming experience – with VeredusRe-boarding & Re-forming Your Teams

As organisations start to think about bringing back furloughed workers, it is critical that we identify individual returners’ motivations and personal resilience. But the impact of re-boarding is not exclusively specific to returners. Existing teams and leadership dynamics may also need to be understood to ensure re-engagement and performance across the re-formed team. And what does this mean to be a leader and people manager? What tools and support can be provided to ensure a smooth re-boarding and re-forming experience for all involved? Download the slides here.  

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How to thrive in the new normal – with Real World Group

Leading teams post-pandemic: how to thrive in the new normal

Organisations face the huge challenge now and over coming months of adapting to enormous transformation caused by the current pandemic. Whether the technological and other changes that are resulting appear ultimately to be a good or bad thing, leaders will need to adapt how they work with their teams to ensure that they are able to cope with the change, and remain successful. This webinar will discuss what behaviours leaders should enact to be effective, and make suggestions for further issues to consider to better embed new ways of working.

Acting Techniques for Online Presenting with Kate Bowse Renna

Presenting on camera as opposed to face to face is like acting on film compared to acting in the theatre – it takes different techniques.

In this webinar, Kate will share an actor’s tips on how to be more engaging online, sharing techniques that Kate learnt over a 25 year career in the business.

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What does EVP look like now? – with Penna

Talking points will include:

  • What does a good EVP look like now?
  • How to update yours in the current climate
  • Some examples of best practice

What happens when home working becomes the norm?

How Organisations Need to Manage Workers Displaced from the Office as a Result of Covid-19’. with Osborne Thomas

Learning from Lockdown: Diversity and Inclusion with Penna

Talking points will include:

  • Learnings from lockdown on diversity, has it helped advance D&I agendas?
  • What’s our practical advice for organisations?
  • How to implement a more effective, objective approach during recruitment

Navigating towards a New Normal – with Andrew Collings from Mind Gym

As the world progresses through the COVID-19 outbreak, it will see 3 key phrases. Mind Gym will be discussing how we can help our organisations to navigate each of these phases in the most effective way?

Acute uncertainty
Prolonged disruption
A new normal

Download the presentation from the session here.

From Trauma To Triumph – with Michael Byrne founder of Lived Experience Trauma Support

In this session we will be raising the awareness around Mental Health ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week which begins w/c 18th May. And during this time of social distancing and lockdown Michael Byrne will share advice on how to look after your mental and emotional health and wellbeing as well as others.

To find out more about LET’s please visit their website, to book for the mental health courses Michael mentions please click here and you can download Michaels book below.

Poems From A Mod: My Journey Through Trauma, Recovery and Survival.

Managing Agency During Corona Crisis With Matrix-SCM

With insight from Matrix SCM’s Business Director Julian Panter who has been working with 9 London Boroughs through the crisis, including Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Lambeth, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, and Westminster. Exploring how they are tracking the effects of Covid-19 and the initiatives they are putting in place during this time.


  • Introduction; Chris Grimes, Sales Director
  • Insight from 9 London Boroughs; Julian Panter, Business Director
  • HR Insight from Hackney
  • Overview and Questions: Chris Grimes, Sales Director

Talking talent during COVID-19, insights from Penna

Penna’s session discussed how recruitment has had to adapt during current circumstances and what the future may look like.

Our talking points:

  • What is happening to the hiring market, and talent agendas?

  • What do you need to stop, start and continue to enhance your EVP?

  • What’s on the horizon for HR/OD, in light of this?

Public Health Materials

In this section, you will find a wide range of resources about the work our Public Health colleagues are doing on Co-vid 19 and how it is relevant to HR & OD professionals.  



PPMA Community Updates

This section provides contains information about the key issues that you are all dealing with to respond to Co-vid 19.  It covers issues such as remote working, redeployment, supporting our leaders and managers and so on.

You can also find examples of great work being done by PPMA members and colleagues across public services.



Useful links

There is a wealth of material available on Coronavirus Co-vid 19.  We’ve picked out the best for you.



Behavioural Science

We have been hearing alot about the role of behaviour science in the Governments response to Co-vid 19.  You can find out much more about the science here and examples that you can use in your organisations.



Being well, staying well

Keeping well ourselves and supporting others in these unprecedented times is going to be critical. 

You can find a wide range of resources here to help and support you.



Myth Busters

What’s real and what’s fantasy?

Working out what’s real and what isn’t can be difficult at the best of times.  But in this pandemic, sharing the wrong information can literally risk lives.  We’ve pulled together the best of the myth busters information available and we will keep this updated.