Podcast 236 — Working with strangers

A year into lockdown, more and more people have started new roles without ever having met a colleague face-to-face.

Written by Ross Garner
Published 16 March 2021
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Podcast 236 — Working with strangers

In this week's episode of The Good Practice Podcast, we find out what that's like for people professionals.

To discuss, Ross Garner is joined by Emerald Works CEO John Yates, Frontline Pedagogy Lead Laura Watkin, and Study Group HRD Ed Griffin. Our guests all have different roles in different organizations, but one thing in common: they're working with strangers.

We discuss:

  • Their experiences of joining an organization during lockdown
  • The challenges of these experiences
  • The surprising benefits of not meeting anyone face-to-face.

And don't forget! We'll be chatting about this topic further, on Thursday, March 18th, at 3pm, on Clubhouse.

In 'What I Learned This Week', Ross shared that American hitman Charles Harrelson was the father of actor Woody Harrelson. See Wikipedia for details: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Harrelson 

Ed Griffin

Ed Griffin

Human Resources Director, The Study Group

Ed is an experienced strategic HR & Organizational Development practitioner who has helped transform HR organizations and enable senior leaders to develop and deliver organizational strategy with greater impact. Ed's experience of working in HR, OD and Finance roles give him a unique perspective that combines organizational performance and human factors.
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John Yates

John Yates

CEO, Emerald Works

John joined Emerald Works from the City & Guilds Group, where he was Managing Director of their Corporate Learning businesses, Kineo (specializing in digital learning) and The Oxford Group (experts in leadership and management development). Prior to this he held leadership roles in BPP Learning Media, Cengage, Oxford University Press and Pearson Education, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Emerald Board and the wider business.
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Laura Watkin

Laura Watkin

Pedagogy Lead, Frontline

Laura is the Pedagogy Lead for Frontline, UK. Frontline is a social enterprise organization based in the UK with a mission to create positive social change through the training and deployment of high quality social workers. As Pedagogy lead she is responsible for the quality of teaching and learning on the Frontline programme.
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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience, Emerald Works

Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the GoodPractice Podcast.
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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the Good Practice Podcast.

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