Empowering Conversations

Discussion Series

Empowering Conversations creates spaces for focussed, honest discussions about the impact the pandemic has had on employees and their families. In a series of facilitated conversations, employees and their managers will discuss their different situations, ongoing stressors during the pandemic, and ways of moving forward and rebuilding the workplace in the post COVID-19 world.

As with all JLP learning events, the target audience is employees of the core public administration which includes unionized employees and their supervisors/managers. In order to ensure the most effective conditions for fruitful discussions, these sessions are designed for intact work teams of no more than 15 participants.

Each discussion in the series stands alone. You may request dates for one, two or all three sessions. Please note that only the first session is currently available. Should you wish to request dates for sessions two and three, you will need to visit this site later to make the request once they are launched.

Discussion Session 1 - Grounding Ourselves in Uncertain Times

(1.5 hours - online)

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for public service employees and their managers to connect virtually and build stronger relationships through guided discussions.

By the end of this discussion, participants will have:

  • Discussed experiences and identified stressors
  • Shared tools for managing health during isolation
  • Built stronger online connections, networks and relationships

Discussion Tools for Participants

Discussion Session 2 - Returning to the Workplace: Now what? (currently in development)

(1.5 hours - online)

Purpose: To bring public service employees and their managers together to discuss what the return to the workplace will look like.

By the end of this discussion, participants will have:

  • Reviewed the available departmental information about the return to work
  • Identified questions and information needed
  • Begun planning for returning to work

Discussion Session 3 - Rebuilding and Reconnecting, Post COVID-19 (currently in development)

(3 hours – online/in-person)

Purpose: To bring public service employees and their managers together to discuss how to navigate a new reality and relearn how to work in-person with each other, after coming out of self-isolation and physical distancing.

By the end of this discussion, participants will have:

  • Reconnected with their colleagues in the post COVID-19 world
  • Discussed fears and opportunities for growth
  • Planned for reconstructing the workplace