14 episodes

A podcast series by Watson Martin featuring guest experts and business leaders who provide new insights and opinions to help HR and L&D Professionals absorb new information quickly.

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A podcast series by Watson Martin featuring guest experts and business leaders who provide new insights and opinions to help HR and L&D Professionals absorb new information quickly.

    S03 E01 Emotional Wellbeing at Work: How to best support employees who are struggling

    S03 E01 Emotional Wellbeing at Work: How to best support employees who are struggling

    We are delighted to have as our guest speaker Rachel Calder, Assistant Director of Learning and Development at Samaritans.

    Every six seconds Samaritans answer a call for help from individuals but not everyone knows the organisation also provides bespoke training for hundreds of UK companies through courses such as Conversations with Vulnerable People, Managing Suicidal Conversations and Building Resilience and Wellbeing. In 2019 alone, Samaritans trained 7,262 external delegates.

    After a year where we have seen increased anxiety, depression and loneliness among many employees, Rachel’s expert advice will help HR and L&D professionals to spot the danger signs and build resilience and wellbeing in the workplace.

    • 30 min
    S02 E09 An Ethical Approach to Managing Organisational Change and Redundancy

    S02 E09 An Ethical Approach to Managing Organisational Change and Redundancy

    Delivering news about organisational change and redundancy is stressful. Unfortunately, high-stakes situations can lead to unethical behaviour. Under pressure, organisations put their project plans first and fail to engage with their workers who are most impacted. This in turn can have a severe detrimental effect on those left behind – the redundancy survivors – and ultimately lead to a drop in productivity across the whole business. Join our experts Zita Lourdes and Joseph Grech for the latest advice on how your organisation can manage change and restructure effectively and ethically.

    • 28 min
    S02 E08 Returning to Work after Lockdown

    S02 E08 Returning to Work after Lockdown

    Now that the government has started to ease lockdown restrictions, businesses are encouraging their employees to return to work. However, re-opening presents a whole raft of new problems which if not managed properly can cause further risk and disruption to your business.

    At this extremely turbulent time, it is imperative that HR and business leaders keep abreast of government guidance evolving on a very frequent basis. To keep you informed, we have invited back our employment law expert Dr Amanda Harris to discuss the latest developments as businesses return to work after lockdown.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    S02 E07 How to Make Working from Home pay off for your Business

    S02 E07 How to Make Working from Home pay off for your Business

    For many home workers, out of sight, out of mind can cause real problems particularly if they are unfamiliar with the online tools available to ease communication. What can HR professionals and business leaders do to ensure their people remain motivated and productive rather than being left out in the cold?

    This 30 minute discussion features Watson Martin Director Heather Watson in conversation with L&D Career Coach Joseph Grech. With many years’ of experience of both successful flexible working and online delivery, don’t miss this opportunity to hear their top tips on how to work from home the right way!

    • 28 min
    S02 E06 Covid-19: The Challenges for HR Professionals and Business Leaders

    S02 E06 Covid-19: The Challenges for HR Professionals and Business Leaders

    From the health and safety issues caused by the coronavirus to the employment law changes being introduced in April, Dr. Amanda Harris will keep you informed of the latest developments.

    Topics under discussion include:

    Furlough leave
    Sick pay and holiday pay whilst furloughed
    Lay-offs and short time working
    Health and safety issues
    Terminations of contract: potentially fair reasons
    The employment law changes coming in April
    Staff motivation and retention.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    S02 E05 How to become an HR Influencer

    S02 E05 How to become an HR Influencer

    Join Ian Nicholas, Group Chief HR Officer with REED and Joseph Grech, Leadership Development Expert and Coach to hear about Ian's guide to career success. Having reached the pinnacle of his profession after 26 years, Ian has some useful and thought provoking advice on how to be an HR influencer and get ahead in your career.

    • 28 min