HR Learning Bites

Melanie

Hi, I’m Melanie Martin, Managing Partner here at Watson Martin and I would like to invite you to our new series of free online webinars – HR Learning Bites. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to practical tips and advice from our highly qualified practitioners with an unrivalled level of strategic experience and professionalism. After a 20 minute information packed webinar covering hot topics and top priorities for HR professionals, you will have the chance to ask our experts questions to keep you abreast of HR issues.

I hope to see you online soon!

Get the Legal Lowdown: Employment Law

Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to practical tips and advice from our resident ‘legal eagle’ Melinda Allison. After a 20 minute information packed webinar covering top priorities for HR professionals, you will have the chance to ask Melinda and Jospeh Grech questions to keep you updated.

2018 is proving to be a landmark year for employment law. We’ve already seen:

  • Gender pay gap reports  for the first time for many employers
  • Increasing volumes in tribunal claims and rising awards
  • The Gig economy cases and the Taylor review 
  • Issues around employee surveillance and privacy
  • Compensation guidance for injury to feelings in discrimination cases

And we are not even half way through the year …

With the future of UK employment law after Brexit still hard to predict and this month’s introduction of a massive new piece of legislation from the EU around data protection – GDPR – to say that HR teams have much to grapple with is an understatement.

Help is at hand in this, the second of our free Learning Bites, a new series of informative webinars from Watson Martin. Here we ask the opinion of our ‘legal eagle’ Melinda Allison on the latest updates in employment law and the issues that HR professionals need to be aware of in the coming months.

Unlocking The Black Box 15 Years On…

It’s now 15 years since the CIPD published its groundbreaking research into understanding how HR drives business performance. In the intervening time, the work has become one of the profession’s most influential studies quoted by thousands of HR practitioners. However, does this revolutionary model stand the test of time and are there new factors in the workplace that have an impact on the people performance relationship?

In this, the first of our free Learning Bites, a new series of informative webinars, we ask the opinion of Angela Baron, who commissioned the research for the CIPD all those years ago.

Angela, whose book Managing Performance is still regarded as a must read for those studying for their Advanced Diploma, is a consultant with Watson Martin and advises on all levels of CIPD qualifications. 

Here, she discusses how greater complexity, constant change in the workplace and the continuing poor reputation of HR in business are just some of the issues impacting on how the model is interpreted and implemented.

All you need to know about Apprenticeships

With a Government target of three million apprenticeship start-ups by 2020 and the introduction of a levy to help with funding, on the job training is high on the agenda for many organisations. But while employers are getting on board, many HR professionals are struggling with understanding how Apprenticeships work and realising the opportunities they present.

Help is at hand in this latest Learning Bites webinar when our experts will give the low down on the Government scheme including:

  • advice on how HR professionals can grow apprenticeships in their organisation
  • how to take advantage of the funding available 
  • the key benefits of apprenticeships
  • how to ensure your organisation gets ROI.

As more school leavers decide university is not for them and look for alternatives it is the companies that invest in apprenticeships now that will reap the benefits in the future.

Join our Apprenticeships expert Sharon White in discussion with renowned L&D consultant Joseph Grech to find out everything you need to know about Apprenticeships.

The free 20 minute presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

How to Make a Success of Your First Job as a Manager

Have you just secured your first job as a new manager? Being a first-time boss is exciting but it can also be scary without any experience… What new skills will you need to make an impression in your new role? How can you delegate effectively and get the best out of your team? Can you still be friends with the people you manage?

Whether you are an HR professional taking your first step up the management career ladder or a newly appointed manager, help is at hand in this latest free Learning Bites webinar from Watson Martin. Here we ask the opinion of our management guru Joseph Grech on his top tips to ensure you stand out in your new role for all the right reasons.

Joseph is a consultant at Watson Martin and excels at delivering effective learning programmes to develop people capability and change behaviour.  Highly experienced in delivering CIPD qualifications at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels, Joseph has extensive experience working with senior management to execute and evaluate L&D strategies.

Hosting the session is Watson Martin’s senior consultant Dee Gemmell.  Experienced in management and leadership, Dee has managed a number of teams over the years and also runs leadership and management development workshops at all levels. She is responsible for the assessment and internal quality assurance of CMI qualifications at Watson Martin. 

The 7 Second CV: How to Land the Interview

Did you know that it takes a recruiter just seven seconds to save or reject a job applicant’s CV – less time than it takes to cross the street or boil a kettle?  But don’t despair, this can also work to your advantage as long as you know how to make your CV stand out from the crowd.

To help provide the answers Watson Martin invited industry giant James Reed for this Learning Bites webinar. 

Based on his recently published book of the same name, James Reed will explain exactly what employers want to see in the applications they receive along with the ‘Fatal Five’, the key mistakes that lead to CVs heading for the reject file. 

There will be valuable lessons to learn from an HR perspective too when he reinforces what we like and dislike about CVs and puts into words the intangible things that often get labelled as ‘gut feel’.

How to Fit Study Around A Busy Life

Do you want to become CIPD qualified but are worried that you won’t have time to study in an already busy life?

Never fear, you are not alone!  Many of our candidates feel overwhelmed by the thought of juggling work, family and life with the extra pressure of studying for a qualification which is why we have chosen How to Study Around a Busy Life as the theme for our second Learning Bites session in the 2019 series.

The webinar will provide lots of practical advice and techniques to support your learning journey from managing your time efficiently to devising an achievable study plan.

Understand that your life doesn’t need to stop just because you have enrolled on a course! Develop a holistic approach to studying to maintain a good work life balance.

Learn how to read for purpose so you can retain the information you need to pass that assessment.