HR Learning Bites Free Online Live Webinar and Webinar Recordings


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!

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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.


The outbreak of COVID-19 presents exceptional challenges for HR particularly around employment law, people’s health and well-being and motivation at work. As well as dealing with the ongoing impact of the virus to all aspects of their business, HR professionals are grappling with important legal changes which take effect in April.

This 45 minute webinar from Watson Martin features employment law specialist and occupational psychologist Amanda Harris in conversation with L&D career coach and training consultant Joseph Grech. Discover more about furlough leave, lay-offs, short time working and staff motivation and retention from one of the experts in the industry.


Top tips for HR professionals who want to get the best out of their remote teams

Millions of people are trying to work effectively from home during the coronavirus pandemic. While some businesses have achieved the move to remote working seamlessly others are floundering.

What makes the difference? Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to top tips on how to make working from home pay off for your business from our experts Heather Watson, Director of Watson Martin and L&D guru Joseph Grech.

Topics under discussion include:

  • How to move your business online
  • Online tools for remote workers
  • Make working from home work for your business 
  • Implementing a flexible working policy
  • Motivating and leading remote teams
  • Future proof your business
  • Build on existing capability and play to your strengths
  • Creating a great team spirit
  • Top tips for success


The government has started easing lockdown restrictions. People who cannot work from home are being encouraged to return to the workplace.

  • But how should employers take care of their people in these unprecedented conditions?
  • What is the new ‘normal’ for working safely?
  • And, what happens if your employees don’t want to return to the workplace because of fears of contracting the virus?

As well as keeping abreast of the latest government guidance, HR professionals need to plan for the future when restrictions lift and the furlough scheme ends. To say they have a lot on their plate is an understatement!

This special one hour webinar features employment law Dr Amanda Harris for the fourth in our free series of HR Learning Bites events discussing the challenges facing HR professionals and business leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.


As employers strive to bring about business as usual, HR teams must ensure the emotional wellbeing of the workforce while not unwittingly falling foul of new government guidance. From dealing with the technicalities of furlough to keeping employees engaged and motivated, HR professionals have much to consider.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join career coach and training consultant Joseph Grech in conversation with HR expert Leanne Bucknor and find out how to support your business and workforce in the weeks and months ahead.

Topics under discussion include key areas that managers and organisations should be mindful of as employees transition back to the workplace.

  • Motivating and engaging furloughed staff
  • Why employers must be proactive in considering employees’ mental wellbeing
  • Practical ways to support the emotional wellbeing of your employees
  • Legal aspects that all organisations must consider
  • Treating employees fairly and avoiding discrimination
  • Why it’s important to integrate remote and face-to-face teams
  • Supporting employees who are struggling to return to the workplace.


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.

Employers and people professionals play a crucial role to ensure the way we manage organisational change and restructuring is done with and not to our workforce.

Join our experts Zita Lourdes and Joseph Grech for the latest advice on how your organisation can manage change and restructure effectively and ethically.

Topics under discussion in this free 30-minute webinar include:

  • The challenging environmental context
  • Why change and restructuring can be necessary
  • What does managing change and restructuring ethically actually mean?
  • Why is it imperative to prioritise ethical and conscious leadership?
  • How can leaders and people professionals manage change and transformation successfully and in collaboration with their workforce?