The uneven impact of the COVID-19 health pandemic has created division within the workforce. While the Job Retention Scheme (furlough) has enabled many employers to keep workers on the books, many employees will be feeling anxious about job security, heightening tensions among the workforce. The virus has also had an unequal impact in many other ways, according to people’s personal characteristics and circumstances.
Many employees will also be tackling different experiences of homeworking, with the lack of in-person interactions and potential for miscommunication increasing tensions and anxiety further. Negative conflict and unfair treatment like bullying was a significant issue in many workplaces even before the COVID-19 crisis. Concerningly, CIPD research conducted earlier in 2020 found a quarter of employees thought their organisation pushes issues like bullying and harassment under the carpet. In recent weeks, the UK Government has come under pressure and scrutiny to deal with workplace bullying at the most senior level.
It’s essential organisations get to grips with handling conflict at work and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to all inappropriate behaviour. Join our panel of experts to unpack the challenges of COVID-19 generating workforce friction; recognise the behaviours that can fuel negative conflict; and identify how to nip incidents in the bud at an early stage to help people managers swiftly resolve and manage conflict at work.
Our panel of experts include:
• Rachel Suff, Senior Employee Relations Adviser, CIPD
• David Liddle, Founder and CEO of The TCM Group
The session will be chaired by CIPD senior stakeholder lead Katie Jacobs. Attendees can submit questions in advance using Communications@cipd.co.uk
Please note: If you’re unable to join us live, the recording will be available on our website at: cipd.co.uk/news-views/coronavirus/webinars