Face-to-face Even When You’re Not

For most of us, our current collective situation is definitely new and decidedly not normal. Travel restrictions, capacity restrictions, and work-from-home mandates have made even the most casual face-to-face collaborations webcam-to-webcam at best, and an avalanche of email, IM, DM, calendar, and meeting request notifications at worst.

But with all this digitalized engagement, are your people really, well, engaged?

The answer begins with you. Now is not the time to huddle behind virtual closed doors and leave your team guessing about what’s next. Keeping everyone up to speed about what is changing, why it’s changing, how it’s changing, and what their roles are in bringing said change to life is critical for your people and your company’s performance.

Keeping all involved actually involved is possible with Root’s proven digital-based approaches. Created to stimulate your people both intellectually and emotionally, our virtual methods – combined with the Root Change Process® – make sure your people continue working well together to face new challenges head on and bring about successful change. And let you keep them in the loop regardless of where in the world they are.

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Making Remote Engagement Rewarding

Is it possible to regroup, retrench, and refocus without slowing down? Would we even ask such a question if the answer wasn’t yes? The key is to keep your people connected to your rapidly changing strategies regardless of their current locations (or affinity for sweatpants). And the keys to that key are found in the creative methods below:

  1. Virtual Workshops and Conferences:
    Instead of canceling or postponing live events, move them online. Whether it’s a one-time webinar or series of continuing episodes, it’s possible to take the same dynamic content of in-person efforts – like two-way dialogue, role-playing, and scenario-based learning – and bring it to life virtually using panel discussions, breakout sessions, and group activities.
  2. Digital Root Learning Map® Experiences:
    If Google (and Apple and Garmin and others) can make maps digitally, so can we. We’ve transformed our Learning Map® experience for online delivery – engaging your people to explore big-picture realities, strategic priorities, process changes, financial literacy, or customer experiences and come out on the other side with new insights, goals, and plans of action.
  3. Interactive Webinars:
    Yes, “interactive webinar” sounds so very 1999, but stay with us. Instead of just taking a one-sided lecture online, create more engaging and connected experiences that bring strategic priorities to life and prove to your people that you value their voices as much as your own.
  4. Film, Infographics, and Comics:
    Yes, we said comics. But really, we mean you should use any and every form of storytelling that can create emotional connections between people and your strategies and between people and each other. Connections that are especially important during these days of remote working.
  5. Microlearning and Simulations:
    The brain is technically an organ, but to keep it sharp you need to treat it like a muscle. See what we did there? Anyway, keep your people’s noggins nimble with quick shots of cerebral stimulation via filmed, animated, and interactive bits of education. Then let them flex their newfound skills with choose-your-own-adventure-style scenarios that resonate in the real world.
  6. Podcasts:
    Know what’s better than a company-wide email blast with the latest updates? A thoughtful, entertaining, pull-the-curtain-back (just a little) podcast that explores the stories behind your strategic priorities. But make it a regular series, because doing it once is just kind of weird.
  7. Root Insights:
    Digital data gathering means you never have to pause your progress while waiting to gather insights from the front lines. From video interviews to digital ethnography to virtual focus groups, our cost- and time-efficient methods allow us to dig quickly and dig often, uncovering how your people really feel about what’s going on in the organization. All while making them feel more connected to it even as they remain working from home.

Proof of Positive Engagement

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Virtual Workshops

The Challenge: A hospitality organization was opening new locations so rapidly that it couldn’t wait to train new general managers in person.

The Solution: Root and the organization created a virtual onboarding program consisting of six pods that featured:

  • Self-paced learning that set the stage for weekly virtual workshops
  • Facilitator-led workshops that included group discussions, role playing, application practice, and a specific call to action at the end of every session
  • Team huddle cards that the new general managers used to spark conversations with their teams and share information
  • An online platform that helped the general managers share best practices and other useful bits of knowledge

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Virtual Workshops

The Challenge: A hospitality organization was opening new locations so rapidly that it couldn’t wait to train new general managers in person.

The Solution: Root and the organization created a virtual onboarding program consisting of six pods that featured:

  • Self-paced learning that set the stage for weekly virtual workshops
  • Facilitator-led workshops that included group discussions, role playing, application practice, and a specific call to action at the end of every session
  • Team huddle cards that the new general managers used to spark conversations with their teams and share information
  • An online platform that helped the general managers share best practices and other useful bits of knowledge

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Remote Meeting

The Challenge: A global fragrance enterprise had 40 top-level leaders scattered across the globe. They needed to align everyone on how to develop line-level leaders, but the logistics and cost of travel proved too burdensome for in-person meetings.

The Solution: Root and the organization created a remote meeting setup that used a guided dialogue to achieve alignment. How? Glad you asked:

  • Engaging materials explained the goal of the meeting
  • Breakout rooms – monitored by Root facilitators – allowed for small-group discussions and collaboration
  • Points and discoveries from the small groups were amplified to the entire gathering
  • A visual summary of the meeting made sure everything stuck

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Remote Meeting

The Challenge: A global fragrance enterprise had 40 top-level leaders scattered across the globe. They needed to align everyone on how to develop line-level leaders, but the logistics and cost of travel proved too burdensome for in-person meetings.

The Solution: Root and the organization created a remote meeting setup that used a guided dialogue to achieve alignment. How? Glad you asked:

  • Engaging materials explained the goal of the meeting
  • Breakout rooms – monitored by Root facilitators – allowed for small-group discussions and collaboration
  • Points and discoveries from the small groups were amplified to the entire gathering
  • A visual summary of the meeting made sure everything stuck

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Virtual Curriculum

The Challenge: The sales training team of a global agriculture company often created their own materials for training retail associates. As such, leadership wanted team members to possess a certain level of design skills. This training was originally planned to take place in person, but budget constraints dictated a different direction.

The Solution: Root created a five-week online program that incorporated several learning methods:

  • Filmed content was used to share key concepts before sessions took place
  • Root facilitated workshops that included group discussions along with ask-the-expert panels
  • Attendees gained practical help in breakout sessions where they used what they had been learning to develop an existing project
  • Additional resources were made available to help the team apply what they had learned to actual jobs
  • Attendees worked toward a final presentation during which they shared the results of their five weeks of work

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Virtual Curriculum

The Challenge: The sales training team of a global agriculture concern often created their own materials for training retail associates. As such, leadership wanted team members to possess a certain level of design skills. This training was originally planned to take place in person, but budget constraints dictated a different direction.

The Solution: Root created a five-week online program that incorporated several learning methods:

  • Filmed content was used to share key concepts before sessions took place
  • Root facilitated workshops that included group discussions along with ask-the-expert panels
  • Attendees gained practical help in breakout sessions where they used what they had been learning to develop an existing project
  • Additional resources were made available to help the team apply what they had learned to actual jobs
  • Attendees worked toward a final presentation during which they shared the results of their five weeks of work

It’s Time for Remote Working to Work Harder

In the time it takes to watch another compilation of Zoom fails, you could be bursting with ways to make the future fantastic.

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