Strike action can be one of the most difficult and stressful time for a manager, and trying to keep abreast of everything that is happening, often at different places can be a frantic situation.  You will probably find that your key staff will be at a number of different locations, so getting them checking in individually can be a long process.  This is where conference calling will come into its own.
Having people calling in from the different sites and being able to give out instructions about what to do can save a lot of time in what can sometimes be a time-critical situation.  If your key personnel are speaking with strikers at different locations, then conference calling and passing the same information to everyone can help you keep a consistent line on the key issues, and reduce the likelihood of problems arising if different staff were to give different messages.
The other beneficial aspect of conference calling in this situation comes in the negotiation with the leaders of different groups of employees who are on strike.  By having discussions with all the leaders of the strikers at the same time can help you pass the message on to all at the same time, and prevent any accusations of underhand dealing as everyone gets to hear the same thing.
Even if you have only just found out about a potential strike, then an impromptu conference call can often allow you to head this off before the strike has even begun.

Strike action can be one of the most difficult and stressful time for a manager, and trying to keep abreast of everything that is happening, often at different places can be a frantic situation.  You will probably find that your key staff will be at a number of different locations, so getting them checking in individually can be a long process.  This is where conference calling will come into its own.

Having people calling in from the different sites and being able to give out instructions about what to do can save a lot of time in what can sometimes be a time-critical situation.  If your key personnel are speaking with strikers at different locations, then conference calling and passing the same information to everyone can help you keep a consistent line on the key issues, and reduce the likelihood of problems arising if different staff were to give different messages.

The other beneficial aspect of conference calling in this situation comes in the negotiation with the leaders of different groups of employees who are on strike.  By having discussions with all the leaders of the strikers at the same time can help you pass the message on to all at the same time, and prevent any accusations of underhand dealing as everyone gets to hear the same thing.

Even if you have only just found out about a potential strike, then an impromptu conference call can often allow you to head this off before the strike has even begun.

Written by Benjamin Willis