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Four ways to get your managers coaching now

In our view, one of the most important things a manager can do now is coach. It’s a style that lends itself to building empowerment and ownership – helping people…

by Paul Hodder

Why is it important to train your managers?

It’s not uncommon for people to start their management careers without management training or preparation. In this article, we look at why it’s important to train your managers and the…

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Hybrid working: how to communicate effectively

If we’re no longer eyeballing each other at work, how will workplaces continue to flourish? A key success criterion of hybrid working is good communication. In this blog we look…

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Giving feedback – what we all need to know to improve working life

Feedback is an important part of job performance but often fails for some simple reasons. In this blog, we look at some ways you can ensure your feedback is successful.…

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The best way to build trust in the workplace

Employees in high-trust organisations are more productive, have more energy at work, collaborate better with their colleagues. Here are some ways leaders can maintain and grow trust: Be consistent in…

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Worried about work? Techniques to help

The Office for National Statistics reports anxiety affected the work of one in five people last year. Amongst these figures are HR professionals, who have been at the frontline of…

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These initiatives are challenging gender inequality in the workplace

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Choose to Challenge. A call, we believe, is needed now more than ever. This is because in the months since last…

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The winter wellbeing MOT

Traditionally a time of reward, socialising and celebration, the winter season is already very different this year and the third lockdown this winter seems to be having a greater impact…

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Five signs you may need a sick day

Covid-19 has killed the sick day. Previously a good indicator of whether you were fit enough to work was whether you felt able to drag yourself into the office. Now…

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How to be assertive at work (even remotely)

If you watched any of the US presidential TV debates in late 2020, you might recall the then Democrat candidate Kamala Harris (now vice-president elect) sparked a discussion with the…

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Is your employee mental health programme accessible to all?

This year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is Mental Health in an Unequal World. The cost of poor mental health to UK businesses is rising. However,  for every £1 spent by…

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Creativity is not down to talent, it’s a trainable skill

One of the most striking elements of the COVID pandemic is how some companies have been opening up new markets for themselves. There are drinks and perfume companies manufacturing hand…

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Email etiquette and communication in a pandemic

Email etiquette has become a vexed issue during the pandemic. There are good reasons for this and fortunately some useful techniques exist to help ease the burden. When writing your…

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Six tips for energising virtual training

I attended a fascinating webinar on Energising Your Training by the author Bob Lucas. He talked about the importance of movement, asserting that physical activity has been shown to increase…

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How the furlough scheme can affect company culture and what to do about it

The UK furlough scheme extension signals how much longer it will be before we see a return to “normality”. With millions of workers on the scheme, one issue many businesses are…

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Time management techniques for remote workers

We’ve put together some time management tips to help you work smarter not harder. Productivity is all about doing the right things – doing what makes a difference to achieving…

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Tips to update training materials

It is important to regularly refresh your training materials to make sure your courses provide a safe environment that resonates with a diverse, hybrid, and multi-generational workforce. Above all, your…

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Coronavirus – how to manage remote workers

Businesses up and down the country have been dealing with the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) for nearly two years since this blog post was first written in March 2020. Those…

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How to listen

Knowing how to listen (properly) is an important ingredient in a successful working relationship. Many of our courses teach listening techniques and, it’s a subtle change, but we’re noticing participants…

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Merry Christmas from BiteSize Learning

We’re counting down to Christmas by packaging up some of this year’s most relevant learning and development posts and delivering one a day in our advent calendar. Designed to help…

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5 tips for successful new managers

Think back to when you were first promoted to a management role. How did you feel? What did you struggle with first? When it comes to new challenges, few people…

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The three Ps of presenting – how to wow your audience

Glossophobia is the technical term for a fear of public speaking, and as you might expect, it’s a commonly held fear. It can be so debilitating that a survey revealed…

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What’s your company doing to support mental health?

World Mental Health Day is an ideal opportunity to get people talking about and educating themselves on the subject of mental health and wellbeing. Why does it matter in the…

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The top 5 workplace gripes we hear on training courses

It is the privilege of being a trainer (OK, also occasionally the curse) that people feel comfortable enough in the confines of the room to ‘have a good moan’. Anything…

by Paul Hodder