Facilitation Skills for Human Resource Professionals

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Most HR professionals see their role as business partners with a shared responsibility for meeting business needs and as organisational facilitators of change. This partnering role often requires the essential skills of facilitation. This workshop will assist HR professionals to be proactive, intentional and goal oriented in group settings. It will encourage them to help their teams to focus on the right problems, implement beneficial changes, and positively impact their organisation and the way it does business.
Training Objectives :
Having completed the training participants will:

Understand how their communication style can impact on the meeting effectiveness
Use active listening and effective questioning to generate realistic solutions to a variety of problems
Conduct productive team meetings
Encourage participatory decision making and enhance ownership of issues
Manage inappropriate behaviour
Recognise that disagreement is not always negative
The role of the facilitator :
Preparing for success
The important of impartiality
Getting the session started
Focussing the group
Facilitators Toolkit :
Ground rules
Active agreement
Note taking
Mood watcher
Tension breakers
Group Dynamics :
Dysfunction as a symptom not a root cause
Managing dysfunction
Conscious prevention
Early detection of conflict
Conflict as a valuable tool
Building consensus
Information gathering :
Using new voices
Using visual aids
The value of the flip charts
Affect of room layout
Debate or dialogue
Were the objectives met
What progress was made
What to do with items not addressed
Confirming commitment to decisions
Assigning responsibility for possible action lists
What was accomplished?
Are there tangible results
Next Steps
Debrief :
Meet with stakeholders or meeting sponsors to review areas for improvement
Facilitating at meetings :
Why do meetings need facilitators
Dominators and repeaters
Gender issues in meetings and groups
Who is heard and why?
Actions and delegations
Identifying the weight of the actions