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Unique dangers of ‘instant’ social media discussed at CIPD event

Press Release – Professional Together at CIPD event

The challenges and dangers posed by the “unique 21st century dilemma” of ‘instant’ world of the internet and social media was the topic of a recent event in Carmarthen run by the South West Wales branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and attended by HR managers and employers from across the region.

The founders of Professional Together, a company dedicated to helping people make better life decisions inside and outside work protecting the reputation of their employers in the process, presented on the subject of ‘protecting your brand, reputation and people’ drawing on their years of expertise in the area.

The session highlighted the dangers that the instant world of the internet and social media present. HR managers must consider how they keep people safe from these threats and vulnerabilities.

Since launching last year, Professional Together has worked with a range of organisations from universities to rugby teams where it gives its unique insight gained from the police force into how individuals can better navigate their daily and professional lives.

Also speaking was Anna Denton-Jones, director and solicitor at Refreshing Law, who discussed where the liability of an employer begins and ends.

The annual CIPD event is an opportunity for those that work in human resources to meet and discuss hot topics in the workplace environment such as culture fit and staff engagement.

The event, which took place at the University of Wales Trinity St David, mirrored an earlier session it did with CIPD Wales in Cardiff.

Lesley Richards, Head of Wales CIPD, said:

“Drawing on their professional experience, Tim and Phil set out the dangers, temptations, and threats posed by the “instant” world of the internet and social media. Translating this into a business context, Professional Together offers guidance to assist HR practitioners in tackling the challenges we face to protect our staff, our organisations, and our brand.

“Combined with practical advice from Anna Denton-Jones (Refreshing Law) sharing lessons learnt from recent cases, and clarifying where our liability as an employer begins and ends, the session offers a unique insight into this 21st century dilemma.”

Tim Jones of Professional Together added:

“We really enjoyed taking part in the CIPD event. It was a really good opportunity to meet professionals and talk about the work that Professional Together does, as well as find out more about the latest trends around learning and development.”

Professional Together, formed by two senior retired police officers with 60 years’ experience between them, is dedicated to helping people make better life decisions by teaching them how to avoid or deal with threats or vulnerabilities that could have a negative impact on their career and lives.

Phil Davies is a former Chief Superintendent who served with the Metropolitan Police and South Wales Police for 30 years; Tim Jones is the former head of the Professional Standards Department of South Wales Police.

Training company to help financial advisers ahead of new regulations

Professional Together, a company dedicated to helping people make better life decisions inside and outside work protecting the reputation of their employers in the process, has launched a new offering specifically designed for senior executives working in the financial services sector.

The move was prompted by two factors: a tenfold increase in the fines handed out to individuals by the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) for misconduct which, according to findings from law firm Clyde & Co, rose from £22.2m in 2016 to £229.4m in 2017; and the regulator’s plans to further crack down on behaviour in the finance sector.

Last year, the regulator announced plans to extend its reach to any firm that offers credit to customers, which is estimated to mean an additional 47,000 firms. It said its aim is to create a culture where individuals have personal responsibility for their actions, and a clear understanding of where responsibility lies within a firm.

It means that a lot more directors and senior managers will come into the sights of the FCA. The programme constructed by Professional Together is designed to help executives working in the financial services sector avoid or better deal with situations that could harm their reputation, career prospects and, by default, that of their firms.

Its sessions cover a range of threats to the reputation of those individuals and companies ranging from gambling to sexual consent to problems around substance misuse to the responsible use of social media.

Professional Together, formed by two senior retired police officers with 60 years’ experience between them, is dedicated to helping people make better life decisions by teaching them how to avoid or deal with threats or vulnerabilities that could have a negative impact on their career and lives.

Phil Davies is a former chief superintendent who served with the Metropolitan Police and South Wales Police for 30 years; Tim Jones is the former head of the professional standards department of South Wales Police.

Davies said: “We have launched this new training programme specifically because we believe there is demand in this sector. As a business, we originally started working with professional athletes but many businesses are now realising just how valuable what we offer can be.

“The financial services sector has very high standards and there is no room to make mistakes that could have huge ramifications career wise. This course aims to give individuals the tools to be more aware of the implications of their actions, the risks involved and make better decisions as a result.”

Jones added: “During our long careers in the force, we saw so many examples of individuals suffering from a momentary lack of judgement that ends up having far reaching consequences within their lives. Sometimes individuals also fall foul of simply not understand the law – what is legal and what is not. The training courses we provide inform and arm individuals with what they need to avoid or deal with threats or vulnerabilities that could have a negative impact on their career and lives.”

Launch of Professional Together

Former police officers launch company dedicated to keeping staff out of trouble

Two senior retired police officers with 60 years’ experience between them have launched a company dedicated to helping people make better life decisions by teaching them how to avoid or deal with threats or vulnerabilities that could have a negative impact on their career and lives.

Professional Together has been formed by Phil Davies, the former chief superintendent of South Wales Police who served with the Metropolitan Police and South Wales Police for 30 years, and Tim Jones, the former head of the professional standards department of South Wales Police.

The training company, which also boasts the services of a number of experienced trainers many of whom also previously worked with the police across the UK, will target a number of sectors with its unique training and mentoring programmes. These are designed to help people make better life decisions inside and outside work protecting the reputation of their employers in the process.

The programme is designed to help individuals avoid or better deal with situations that could harm their reputation and, by default, career prospects. Their comprehensive sessions and guidance cover a range of threats to the reputation of those individuals and organisations, ranging from gambling and sexual consent through to problems around substance misuse and the responsible use of social media.

Its services are particularly relevant to high-performing individuals such as: sports stars and athletes; celebrities; high-performing leaders; and executives within organisations whose profile and actions may be under greater scrutiny because they are in the public eye.

The firm’s services can also be used by companies to provide guidance for younger workers embarking on their careers, especially those in high-pressure jobs, who may be vulnerable to threats or making bad life decisions that may impact on their future careers.

Companies of all sizes are investing more and more time and money in recruiting and training the best talent. These bespoke sessions help companies also protect that investment – and their reputations – by helping their staff make better life decisions outside work in order to prevent them getting into trouble.

Phil Davies said: “After a long and dedicated careers in the police force, we are keen to put some of what we learned in that environment to good use. We see so many instances where a misjudgement or a silly mistake can have serious consequences for both an individual and their employer. The bespoke sessions that we deliver are designed to reduce this risk in the best way we can.”

Tim Jones added: “Many companies spend great time and effort recruiting the right staff, training them and then investing in their future. Yet all that can be thrown away by an error in judgement that could have far reaching consequences, whether it involves substance misuse or something to do with social media or sexual conduct. We aim to help individuals make better life decisions and avoid situations where they could be vulnerable to such issues.”

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