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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 criteria of hybrid working is good communication. In this blog we look…

by Paul Hodder

What is hybrid working and how do you make it a success for your people and your business?

Anyone working in HR right now is having conversations about hybrid working. As we consider a safe return to office life, there’s growing interest in combining our working lives with…

by Lucy Limb

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.…

by Paul Hodder

Six simple ways to improve your employee wellbeing

Employee wellbeing is a key concern for human resource professionals more so than ever. As Janice Benning, BiteSize Learning’s Wellbeing Lead explains “prevention is so much better than cure –…

by Lucy Limb

The best way to build trust in the workplace

If our route out of the coronavirus goes as planned, more people will be coming out of furlough and physically returning to work in some shape or format. Businesses are…

by Paul Hodder

Are you worrying about your work? Consider these techniques

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…

by Paul Hodder

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

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…

by Paul Hodder

BiteSize Learning’s 2020 review

As the tumultuous 2020 draws away from us, we feel it’s important to recognise what we have learnt. Our clients have been our biggest source of inspiration. Listening to them…

by Lucy Limb

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…

by Paul Hodder

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…

by Paul Hodder

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…

by Paul Hodder

Is your employee mental health programme accessible to all?

The goal of 2020’s  World Mental Health Day campaign was access for all. The World Health Organisation is calling for increased investment in mental health services – including the workplace. …

by Paul Hodder

The FCA has big expectations, are you ready?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have signalled that they are not pleased with the embedding of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR). In particular the understanding and application of…

by Paul Hodder

What our attitude to holidays says about employee mental health

I was struck by a recent conversation on LinkedIn on the topic of holidays in relation to employee mental health. The rise in remote working is clearly making it harder…

by Lucy Limb

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…

by Paul Hodder

Mental health hacks for post-lockdown work life

A client was telling me recently that her employees were struggling with the remote working arrangements at her company. On the surface it had been an overnight success but, four…

by Janice Benning

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…

by Paul Hodder

Social Styles: what have you enjoyed about lockdown?

We recognise that lockdown has been an extremely difficult time for many, but a comment by a trainer on one of our weekly calls, that she had found much to…

by Lucy Limb

How Social Styles can help you achieve your communication goals

While no single lockdown experience is the same, for most, it has been characterised by a significant amount of time spent cooped up with our families or housemates. A great…

by Lucy Limb

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…

by Paul Hodder

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by Lucy Limb

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…

by Paul Hodder

Time management techniques for remote workers

Our lockdown lives are bending out of shape. The unchanging rhythm of the day-to-day can make it hard to remember which day of the week it is. Managing the competing…

by Paul Hodder