The Law Society designed its Learning at Work Week to help their people be the best they can be during a time of uncertainty and change that requires agility. 

They used the theme Pause: Recharge: Learn and prioritised learning activities that supported the organisation and colleagues to work remotely, manage work-life balance and wellbeing, and be agile and responsive to members’ needs.

The week featured multiple daily virtual live events, fairs and self-guided/on demand learning including podcasts, toolkits and practical frameworks. These were delivered digitally through Microsoft Teams and as online courses. Everyone had the flexibility to plan and curate the week to learn what, how and when they wanted.

To energise and engage colleagues, each day started and ended with a virtual live session with participation from senior management and sometimes the Society’s members. The CEO led a panel session with members on the Society’s membership value proposition. A series of fairs led by staff networks and member facing teams invited colleagues to get to know us and what we do. Colleagues could join workshops to develop their communication skills using the power of storytelling and build stronger connections across the organisation with speed networking. 

There were opportunities for colleagues to pause and recharge with wellbeing sessions on breathing techniques,laughter therapy and choir singing. Other sessions looked at how to develop a growth mindset, build happy habits and manage workloads effectively.

The week was promoted through the Society’s internal communications.Everyone was invited to block out the week so they could take advantage of the activities on offer,and managers were encouraged to remove non-urgent meetings.Colleagues that registered in advance received a special Learning at Work Week pack sent to their home including eco-friendly stationary and grow your own plant. The hashtag #LAWW was used on Yammer to make it easy for colleagues to recognise and share what was coming up. The week was actively promoted by the CEO and senior leadership team. Learning at Work Week took over the Society’s communication channels during the week, enabling last-minute availability to be promoted and positive stories to be shared. 

Over 2300 colleagues visited the Learning at Work Week intranet pages, and over 500 joined the live events. The week received excellent feedback overall with a high rate of recommendation. The self-guided content has now been made available to all staff through the Society’s learning pathways so they can access it when needed. The most popular events are being repeated for colleagues unable to attend the first time and, in response to requests, new sessions on virtual networking including ‘how to create a great pitch’ and ‘keeping connected with others’ are now available. The team continue to deliver the message that ‘learning is work’ and have seen an increase in uptake of learning in work, with a greater understanding amongst colleagues of the benefits to themselves and members.