Virtual learning at APA
APA is a leading Australian energy infrastructure business. Founded in 2000, they're now a top 50 ASX-listed company, employing 1,800 people and owning and operating the largest interconnected gas transmission network across Australia.
After Covid-19 lockdown measures meant face-to-faceo face sessions were not possible for the foreseeable future, Impact created an entirely virtual solution to help APA participants manage the situation and continue their ongoing development as part of their high potentials program.
The ‘thriving through disruption’ session looked at how participants can go from surviving to thriving during difficult times, both as individuals and as part of a team. It explored personal wellbeing, the importance of connection at a human level, and elements of our lives and work conditions that can influence our ability to thrive.
The main objective of the session was to offer a dynamic and interactive virtual session that would partly replace the cancelled face-to-face workshop and that would give participants the best chance of success in these challenging times.
The main aims of the session were to explore:
- Ways of maintaining personal wellbeing through the current situation
- Connecting at a human level while working remotely
- Ways to develop a sense of thriving longer term.
The solution took the form of a four-hour virtual session for 30 participants.
The session covered valuable content about leading in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous times, using Impact’s own diagnostic tool VUCAQ. The tool is an online questionnaire that provides people with a situational tool and framework to embrace unpredictability. With the intention of re-framing mindsets and mapping out different pressures, it helps individuals personally prepare themselves for managing disruption.
The session also focused on how participants can manage their own well-being through this difficult period, discussing and sharing good practices and habits for staying connected. They also used a framework developed by Impact, to explore the areas that can be influenced in order to bring about a sense of thriving long term.
'Impact certainly rose to the challenge and demonstrated change and agility in action. They developed and facilitated a highly interactive and relevant workshop to this cohort, receiving fantastic feedback from the participants. Thanks for making this work and for always demonstrating their core company values.’
Marie Millar, Leadership & Learning Manager at APA
‘Thank you for the very successful workshop this afternoon. The topics were spot on for where we are right now as a company and country, and they have enhanced my toolkit for immediate use.
Another major positive for me today is that using the tools you’ve introduced, I can now extend this to my team and make the remote workplace transition a lot smoother than I expected it to be.’
Another major positive for me today is that using the tools you’ve introduced, I can now extend this to my team and make the remote workplace transition a lot smoother than I expected it to be."