Webinar: Managing people in the virtual world

Managing people in the virtual world: How do we need to adapt to enable our people to perform at their best?

Monday 25th January 2021 – 10:00am – 11:00am

The Covid pandemic brought an abrupt change to working practices for many organisations and people leaders, meaning an urgent need to adapt in leading teams and individuals without human in-person contact. We all know that it is better for many interactions (such as having difficult conversations and managing performance) to happen face to face but when we are limited in our ability to do this we have no choice but to find new ways to carry out our leadership responsibilities.

In the more traditional organisational cultures, the perception of presenteeism has been challenged and those who thought it wasn’t possible to perform the operation remotely have been proved wrong. There are many who have found the reduction in commuting time and ability to be present at home a welcome change, however there are those who have struggled with managing the home / work life boundaries and lack of routine and are eager to return to working as they did before.

There is no doubt that ways of work have shifted and will not return to what we did before and this leaves many people managers with a significant gap in their capability to enable their people to perform at their best.

Join our team of panellists to hear their thoughts on what has been a game changer for people and organisations in working remotely and what have been the biggest challenges in helping people to adapt to working in this new world. Chaired by Jo Bristow, our People Development Manager, our panel of employee engagement, communication and people experts share their personal experiences and those of working with people and teams across a variety of sectors.


Chaired by Jo Bristow – People Development manager at Connor. Jo works with individuals and teams to adapt to working and managing remotely, ensuring their people remain motivated and performing whilst managing their personal health and wellbeing.

Dan Ellis – Dan is the People Director at ACAS with 15 years’ experience of HR and organisational change in commercial, multisite and complex public sector organisations.

Peter Wakefield – Peter is a Senior Consultant at Connor and the owner of Loving Monday, an employee engagement expert with over twenty years’ expertise in the measurement, education and linkage between culture, engagement and business performance.


Nicky Valmas – Nicky has recently onboarded with Connor virtually as our Head of Organisational Change and HR Services.  She has an extensive background that includes roles in Sales and Marketing, Procurement Consultancy and HR Business Partnering for businesses such as AT Kearney and CME Group.

Alan Robertson

Alan Robertson – Alan Robertson is a business psychologist, Director of TalkWise Ltd and creator of the VoicePrint development tool.