Ever wondered how large companies try to keep their employees engaged? Or how they manage transitional periods?
The Southern Connecticut American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) chapter will try to answer those questions Monday, May 20 at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, at a panel entitled, "Leading in Turbulent Times."
The panel brings together leaders from Colgate, GE Capital, Neopost and XYLEM.
"Part of our mission is to provide professional development and training locally," said ASTD board member Martha Kramer. "We're giving them the chance to interact with leaders in our area."
Kramer said ASTD has put on this particular panel the last couple of years, and it has been popular, given the country's current economic situation.
"It's interesting just because of all the economic turmoil and issues that affect professional learning," she said.
Among the things ASTD hopes attendees learn is how training can affect a company's entire culture.
Ross Tartell is the chapter president and a technical training and communication manager at GE Capital. On the panel, he will retell experiences from his 18 years working with Pfizer, Inc.
"We deployed training for a huge reorganization of our sales force," Tartell said. "We went from 12,000 people to 3,000 people and 75 percent of them went to new managers."
"The role of training and supportive communication served to connect people. When you deal with massive change, you have to transfer knowledge to the people who need that knowledge. We made sure the people moving around were properly briefed on their new surroundings."
Kramer said other topics will pop up throughout the evening, like how to successfully implement three or four generations of people into the same workforce.
"If a newly revamped company wants to be competitive, it has to be good at mending cultures and making its goals and objectives clear," she said. "This panel will give you specific ideas on how to work productively with different age generations."
The panel begins Monday at 5:45 p.m. and run to 8 p.m. Admission is $35 for ASTD members.
More information and registration is available online at www.astdscc.com.