8 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

    • Technology

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.

    #7 Mental Health in the Workplace with Aofie O' Brien

    #7 Mental Health in the Workplace with Aofie O' Brien

    In light of Mental Health Awareness week, Vic and Scott are talking to Aoife O’ Brien, Founder of Happier at Work. Aoife has 20 years of experience working in the FMCG and market research space and has worked in places all around the globe from Dublin and London as far as Perth and Sydney. 
    Four years ago Aoife left the corporate world and set up her own business Happier At Work. Aoife is all about helping medium sized businesses create a happier working environment and become more people focused through data driven decisions and works with leaders and managers to facilitate creating these better working environments.
    Aoife also has her own podcast Happier at Work, a weekly podcast for business and HR leaders that focuses on the topics of leadership, wellbeing at work, diversity and inclusion, and the future of work. Aoife’s podcast is available on all major podcast platforms.  
    Here’s what you can listen to in this months episode:
    How mental health in the workplace has been impacted by the pandemicHow individuals and enterprises can begin to tackle the mental health crisis in the workplaceHow employers can start making mental health at work a priority How to create a culture that supports conversations and awareness of mental health in the workplace We hope you enjoy this episode and if you have any thoughts you'd like to share with us don't hesitate to message us on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn! 

    • 45 min
    #6 Creating a Healthy Workplace Culture with Tamara Littleton & Lisa Seagroatt

    #6 Creating a Healthy Workplace Culture with Tamara Littleton & Lisa Seagroatt

    In this month's episode Vic & Scott are talking about all things company culture. As The Great Resignation powers on and as employee experience becomes more of a priority for businesses, having a healthy company culture is essential to the smooth running of your business and making your company somewhere that employees want to work. 


    Vic & Scott spoke to Tamara Littleton, CEO & Founder of The Social Element and Lisa Seagroatt, Founder/ Director of HR Fit For Purpose. Both guests have a wealth of experience with company culture and are sharing their stories with us and talking about: 


    What elements make a healthy workplace cultureWhat barriers or challenges are there when creating a healthy workplace culture and how to overcome themHow to create a healthy company culture when your business is fully remoteHow to create an environment where employees feel that they can disagree and challenge one another respectfullyListen below, and subscribe to us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcast player for all the latest episodes and discussions! 

    Referenced Material: 
    5 Dysfunctions Of A Team, Patrick Lencioni https://www.amazon.co.uk/Five-Dysfunctions-Team-Leadership-Lencioni/dp/0787960756

    BBC Article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59134371

    • 48 min
    #5 Challenges By Industry - Construction "Connecting the Disconnected"

    #5 Challenges By Industry - Construction "Connecting the Disconnected"

    In this episode Victoria & Scott speak to Kate Jones (Head of Internal Communications & Corporate Affairs at Tarmac), Charlotte Offord (Internal Communications Manager at Vistry Group) and Georgia Williams (Internal Communications Manager at EKFB) about the communications challenges that those in the construction industry have faced since the pandemic. 

    • 43 min
    #4 HR Trends for 2022 - Interview with Daniel Cave, HR Journalist of the Year 2020

    #4 HR Trends for 2022 - Interview with Daniel Cave, HR Journalist of the Year 2020

    Welcome 2022! January is upon us and what better time to consider what challenges we might face in the coming year. In this month's podcast episode Vic & Scott chat to Daniel Cave. Daniel has up until recently worked as the Head of Content for HR Grapevine, an award winning publication, to be an independent HR journalist covering HR, employment and work. 
    Daniel was voted HR Journalist of the Year in 2020 at the Willis Tower Watson Virtual Media Awards and in this episode we asked Daniel what his predictions were on the challenges that those in HR & Comms will be faced with as we enter 2022. This episode sees us discuss 5 areas and how businesses can prepare for these challenges.  
    HR & CommsEmployer Brand PerceptionTalent AcquisitionTechnologyHR’s role within businessWe found one overarching theme when chatting about trends throughout this episode... Employee Experience - not a trend but more of an integral element for business success today. Listen to this episode to discover how you can enhance your employee experience in your organisation. 

    • 37 min
    #3 Employee Wellbeing During the Festive Season

    #3 Employee Wellbeing During the Festive Season

    Christmas is different for everyone, it can be a time of mixed emotions and it can sometimes be very high pressure environment in the workplace. Workers have the added combination of work deadlines, gift giving, increased social demands, family demands and the holiday spirit to juggle and navigate. So how can businesses help in supporting their employees during this time? In this episode Vic & Scott chat to Oak’s People Co-ordinator Bryony Solly who gives: 
    Tips for individuals on how they can look after themselves and unwind this festive period How employers can support their employees during the festive seasonIdeas on how to get everyone into the festive spirit - those in the office, those at home and those who are hybrid workersThe top areas of wellbeing that businesses should be focusing on and how they can create a festive wellbeing strategy And as you can't beat a bit of fun and joy in December, Bryony is given some quick-fire fun and festive questions to spread some holiday cheer and get into a festive mood. 

    • 21 min
    #2b The Future of Work P2 - Interview with Cara De Lange, Founder/CEO of Softer Success

    #2b The Future of Work P2 - Interview with Cara De Lange, Founder/CEO of Softer Success

    In this Future of Work P2 episode we carry on the discussions around the four day week in an interview with Cara De Lange, Founder & CEO of Softer Success. 

    Cara de Lange is an international burnout expert, wellbeing consultant and the Founder & CEO of Softer Success, empowering some of the world’s leading organisations and their employees to proactively prevent burnout.  With over 20 years’ experience in fast-paced multi-national companies and having experienced burnout herself, Cara is passionate about helping people look after their wellbeing & live a more balanced and joyful life. 
    Cara is a sought-after keynote speaker on the subject of burnout and is regularly invited to speak at organisations such as Google, Box and the United Nations.  Her book Softer Success: Prevent Burnout, Find Balance and Re-Define Your Success, published in 2019 and is available via Amazon, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble.

    In this episode we spoke to Cara about her top tips for preventing and managing burnout and why and how the four day workweek works for Softer Success. 

    • 41 min

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