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Last Wednesday, we ran a pilot facilitation session for HR and EDI staff across the UK. Our focus was twofold: Firstly, to provide an insightful overview of the current situation in Israel and secondly, to delve into the experiences of Jewish employees in the workplace with a focus on strategies that can aid support.

The session began with an enlightening presentation by Samuel Green, offering a first-hand perspective on the Israel-Hamas situation. This set the stage for a deeper exploration of how this event resonates within the workplace dynamics.

We then shifted our attention to understanding the specific experiences of Jewish employees. Through examining the one-word responses collected from our survey, we uncovered the varied emotions and situations our Jewish colleagues encounter in the workplace. We also unpacked some of those feelings and emotions where we explored some detailed explanations that were provided by some of the survey participants which enriched our group’s comprehension of their experiences.

Dr Ben Levy – Coaching Psychologist at Make it Happen brilliantly led the subsequent guided facilitation session. Here, attendees openly shared observations and experiences from their respective workplaces. This dialogue was not only reflective but also forward-looking, focusing on existing and potential initiatives to support Jewish employees. Ben steered the group towards discussing practical strategies that can aid support.

The feedback from this session has been overwhelmingly positive, with an overall rating of 8/10 for our first pilot. Here’s a glimpse of the responses:

“Thank you so much for taking the time to inform us about what is going on in the world and the impact it has had on everyone. The videos, though quite impactful, really helped me understand better and positioned me to more effectively support my colleagues.”

The constructive feedback we received has already helped us plan our next session, which we will announce soon. Stay tuned for more updates, and feel free to share your thoughts or express interest in our upcoming sessions.

Navigating Challenging Times: Workshop for HR & EDI Staff

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