- Are your employees training whilst on furlough?by Annie Litchfield on Friday 26th June, 2020
Never has there been a better time to upskill your team without it affecting productivity. With almost 9 million people having been furloughed this is a great opportunity for employers to use this time wisely.
- Loates Online Training : What to Expect?by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 16th June, 2020
As Loates HR Training moves training online we thought it would be useful to describe what our online learning looks like. We want to offer interactive, live sessions that suit our company style of delivering engaging energetic workshops. To get the most from each session we would like delegates to get actively involved in the content and discussions.
- Pivoting to meet the new normalby Annie Litchfield on Monday 8th June, 2020
In today’s current climate many companies have had to be imaginative about their business offering to be able to survive. Local pubs becoming pop up village shops, restaurants opening for takeaway food, garden centres offering new online deliveries, clothing manufacturers now making face coverings. What has been interesting to see is that these companies haven’t necessarily changed their purpose but have simply changed what they are offering and how.
- Improve your productivity by getting in ‘the zone’by Annie Litchfield on Saturday 30th May, 2020
Working from home is the new normal that we keep hearing and reading. The COVID-19 pandemic will change the way work looks for a lot of us as companies and employees realise the benefits of home working. However, whilst the distraction of colleagues and tea rounds has gone there are other distractions in the home that can take our attention away.
- Moving to the new normal and online trainingby Sarah Loates on Monday 25th May, 2020
I love the face to face interaction of a training environment. Today was going to be different, as I would be delivering my first virtual Loates HR training session. ‘HR Essentials for the New Normal’.
- Do you want to start your Happiness Project?by Annie Litchfield on Sunday 17th May, 2020
How happy are you? Have you ever contemplated what truly makes you happy or the circumstances that make you sad? How important is happiness to you? Is it a state of mind or our circumstances that drive our level of happiness? I thought it has never been a more pertinent time to do my Lunch and Learn on one of my favourite books about how to improve our happiness.
- Are you using the Six Thinking Hats in your meetings?by Annie Litchfield on Monday 27th April, 2020
Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats is a tool based on the concept of parallel thinking where everyone is thinking in the same way at the same time – wearing the same ‘hat’. De Bono argues that it is far more effective if we all look at an issue from the same perspective and at the same time rather than one person thinking of all the negatives or another thinking of all the positives.
- Overcoming the 5 dysfunctions of a teamby Annie Litchfield on Friday 24th April, 2020
Over my career, I have done various work around the importance of teams and engaging employees in the workplace. Through that work I have discovered several authors whose writing I particularly resonate with. One of them is the work of Patrick Lencioni – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.
- Stephen Covey’s Four Quadrantsby Annie Litchfield on Friday 24th April, 2020
I have been musing over the extra time at home and possible extra working hours where the interruptions, calls, office chats etc don’t take place. This could mean therefore that we all have a bit more quadrant 2 time to plan and prepare. Awesome! Or, it could mean we all get too distracted and end up watching Holly and Phil on This Morning! Let’s hope it’s the former.
- ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’by Annie Litchfield on Monday 20th April, 2020
I’ve been writing a change management webinar over the last few days and have been reminding myself of some of the change management models and writings. I want to introduce you to, or remind you of, the short book, ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ by Dr Spencer Johnson.