16 episodes

Comms In A Nutshell is the go to place to listen to discussions with industry experts and global brands about the world of work, internal comms, intranets and how you can get the best out of your workforce. At the end of each episode, we wrap up all the tips and findings discussed in a Nutshell so you can start implementing them right away. This podcast is perfect for businesses and enterprises, leaders, internal communications teams, HR teams or those with a general interest in employee wellbeing, engagement and having a happy workforce. 

Comms In A Nutshell Victoria McEwan & Scott Ritchie

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Comms In A Nutshell is the go to place to listen to discussions with industry experts and global brands about the world of work, internal comms, intranets and how you can get the best out of your workforce. At the end of each episode, we wrap up all the tips and findings discussed in a Nutshell so you can start implementing them right away. This podcast is perfect for businesses and enterprises, leaders, internal communications teams, HR teams or those with a general interest in employee wellbeing, engagement and having a happy workforce. 

    The Four Day Week: The Secret to Making It Work - Ft Claire Daniels, CEO of Trio Media

    The Four Day Week: The Secret to Making It Work - Ft Claire Daniels, CEO of Trio Media

    Why do we still work five days a week, when we could be working four? And can you actually make it work in your organisation? This podcast episode is a result of the latest UK pilot study of the four day week.

    In this episode Vic & Scott will be :
    Discussing what the four day week movement isReviewing the latest UK study and the resultsDiscussing how companies have actually made it work in their business with comments and insight from Claire Daniels, CEO of Trio Media whose four day week trial has proven to be very successful thus far in her results driven marketing agencyExploring and sharing opinions on recent studies and trending LinkedIn posts 
    What do you think? Can the four day week become a reality by 2030? Does you company do it already and how is it going. If you'd like to get in touch with thoughts and ideas please email victoria.mcewan@oak.com

    Resources:
    4 Day Week Global
    UK Pilot Results
    Joe Ryle Guardian Podcast
    Hays Study 
    Unilever: Four Day week (NZ & AUS)
    Microsoft Japan four day week 
    Trio Media 
    4 Day Week Planner 

    • 32 min
    Empowering & Supporting Change: The Neuroscience of Change with Jenni Field

    Empowering & Supporting Change: The Neuroscience of Change with Jenni Field

    We’re well underway with our second season of Comms In A Nutshell, a brand new look, a new episode format (episodes are now more appropriately nutshell sized) but all the same great internal communications insights you all know and love. 
    For this next episode we’re joined once again by Jenni Field but this time we’re talking about all things organisational change, specifically… Why are we so resistant to change? And what can businesses do to help guide employees through organisational change successfully. In case you haven’t heard our other episode with Jenni, you can listen here to discover how you can create psychological safety in the workplace. 
    75% of change initiatives fail because of resistant company culture. Human brains are naturally resistant to change because they crave stability. But change is inevitable in the workplace, and done correctly can lead to leaps and bounds of progress and growth in your business. In an ideal world, changes would happen just as we want them to, but you’re dealing with a whole host of people and emotion. This can make change tricky. Which is why we're back with Jenni Field who walks us through:
    Why our brains dislike changeThe change curve (Kubler & Ross)Practical tips to approach change in your organisationEssentials for communicating changeJenni’s top tips for empowering and supporting change in the workplaceReading & Resources:
    It’s not disengagement, it’s distrust - Redefining Communications The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything - Stephen M.R. Covey Redefining Communications WebsiteRedefining Communications with Jenni Field (Podcast)

    • 22 min
    It’s Good to Talk: Creating A Safe Space for Employees with Jenni Field

    It’s Good to Talk: Creating A Safe Space for Employees with Jenni Field

    Hello everyone, we’re back and better than ever with a second season of Comms In A Nutshell! A brand new look, a new episode format (episodes are now more appropriately nutshell sized) but all the same great internal communications insights you all know and love. 
    To mark the first episode back we’ve got a great guest. She is an international speaker, author, podcaster and business communications strategist and having worked in communications for almost 20 years she specialises in helping teams and leaders use communication to take people, and organisations from chaos to calm. 

    We're joined today by Jenni Field who we're going to be chatting to about how to create safe spaces for employees within your organisation.  Creating safe spaces is incredibly important when ensuring employees feel safe at work and feel like they can talk about their feelings and experiences.

    In our latest report with our partner, If U Care Share, we found that on average 58% of respondents have suffered mental or physical stress as a result of work in the past two years and we want to explore how businesses can deal with the factors that impact mental health in the workplace from creating a safe culture to the importance of values.  

    In this episode Vic, Scott & Jenny cover: 
    Getting to know Jenni Field and her experience How important is the role of internal communications in creating a safe space for employees to talk/ how can they use their function to create a safe workspace?A culture that supports openness and feedback with help from leadersDo your internal comms encourage participation? Do the communication methods match the needs of your employees?How to drive awareness and communicate the values of the organisation, what the business stands for and what do they mean?Jenni's 5 tips in a Nutshell on how to create a safe space for employees
    Reading & Resources:

    Digital Body Language - Erica Dhawen 
    Communication Channel Matrix Template 
    Harvard Business Review: It's time to take a fresh look at your company's values - John Coleman 
    Start with Why - Simon Sinek 
    Inclusion on Purpose - Ruchika Tulshyan 
    Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking - Matthew Syed

    Redefining Communications Website

    Redefining Communications with Jenni Field (Podcast)

    • 21 min
    #11 Creating a Successful Employer Brand and Employee Experience in 2022 with Dan Sodergren

    #11 Creating a Successful Employer Brand and Employee Experience in 2022 with Dan Sodergren

    Employee Experience is crucial in the world of business, it has a huge impact on your company culture that attracts top tier talent who become employees and confirm that the culture that appealed to them is genuine. Employee experience and company culture have an overall impact on your employer brand, a concept which is becoming hot on the radar for many employers. Having a strong employer brand helps businesses to bag the best talent and establish your brands credibility.

    In this episode we're joined by Dan Sodergren, Dan is a digital marketing and technology expert who studies and trains companies in how the future of marketing, work and technology will change our world. He is a TedxTalker, Keynote speaker, Ex marketing agency owner and serial tech startup co-founder. Having appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC new channels, BBC Watchdog, the One Show, RipOffBritain and on countless radio shows, Dan's is an expert with 20 years of experience on all things tech and the future of work.

    Dan is also the founder of Your Flock, a team engagement platform that helps to build relationships within teams, develop company culture and ensure hybrid working, works. In this episode Dan gives us his insight and advice on how companies can create a successful employee experience which will in turn, impact their employer brand.

    References and links:
    Dan Sodergren, The Future of Work: Ted X Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiZJkod7h-4
    Your Flock: https://yourflock.co.uk/
    High Performance Podcast with Ben Francis, Founder of Gymshark:  https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/podcast/benfrancis

    • 29 min
    #10 The Future of Work, Flexible Working and Work Life Balance with Kate Isichei

    #10 The Future of Work, Flexible Working and Work Life Balance with Kate Isichei

    In this episode Vic & Scott are chatting to Kate Isichei, Managing Director of Where to look communications who has over 15 years of experience in the world of internal communications and who also has her own podcast ‘Engagement Express’. Kate is a lover of intranets, tech, employee apps and the subjects of leadership, strategy, collaboration and in this episode we spoke about all things future of work focusing on flexible working, hybrid work and work life balance. We covered:
    Is there a correct formula for flexible working?Trust in the workplaceHow to make hybrid work, workEncouraging employees back to the officeThe four day week The key to work life balance Articles referenced: 
    https://www.oak.com/blog/wfa-new-employee-benefit-is-it-worth-it/
    https://www.oak.com/blog/diversity-and-inclusion-in-the-workplace-a-complete-guide/

    • 41 min
    Getting Chatty Patty with Five Guys

    Getting Chatty Patty with Five Guys

    Want to know the secrets to engaging internal communications, connecting your workforce and getting 99% of your workforce using your internal communications app?
    Vic & Scott are chatting all things intranets with our customer Five Guys to get the scoop on the success of their employee engagement app. Vic & Scott sat down with Five Guys’ Communications Manager, Bastian Bauermeister to discuss: 
    Why Five Guys chose Oak to be their intranet partnerThe importance of internal communications as a global business The secrets to keeping your intranet content consistent and engaging and keep adoption rates highWhy employee engagement is essential to your business and how they pioneer employee engagement as a brandFrom games and competitions to communications secrets and methods that you might not have heard of, this interview should spark inspiration and show you just how important it is to have an internal communications strategy.

    • 37 min

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