'Lunch and Learns', Workshops, Away Days and Conferences.

All of L&M’s presentations are completed by our highly experienced consultants and are available in various forms, i.e., ‘Lunch and Learns’, workshops, Away Days and Conference speeches.

We present titles from across our expertise, so please contact us to discuss your required topic, content and format preferences. Examples of recent presentations and workshops for ‘Health and Psychological Wellbeing’, ‘Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Practice’, ‘Leadership and Team Development’, and ‘Leadership for Optimal Wellbeing and Performance’ are outlined below. 

Health and Psychological Wellbeing
All of L&M’s Health and Psychological Wellbeing presentations are completed by post-doctoral level consultants with vast experience of applying their knowledge to real-world situations.

This workshop will explore the World Health Organisation definition of health and encourage the audience to personalise it to themselves. Health can mean so many things to so many people depending on their personal demands, therefore, the aim of this workshop is to encourage the audience to understand their own definition of health so that it becomes more relatable and achievable. By the end of this workshop, each member of the audience will also be more aware of how small changes can help them get closer to their perceived definition of health.

Psychological wellbeing is reflected in our perceptions of; how life is going, our daily feelings, and whether we are living a life well lived. If we have it, we flourish, i.e., we can make the most of our abilities, cope with normal life stresses, work productively and effectively, and contribute to our communities. This introductory workshop outlines the main components of psychological wellbeing and will start to build attendees’ awareness of how they can take better control of their psychological wellbeing and attain positive influence for their health, performance and lives.

Perfect for the New Year…
Research has shown that healthier habits not only improve health, fitness, mood and body satisfaction, but also improved performance in the workplace and life satisfaction. Despite all these benefits, 80% of New Year’s Resolutions aimed at getting fit, losing weight, or quitting smoking fail within four weeks of starting. In this interactive presentation, we discuss the science behind successful behaviour change and explore practical ways to apply this science to real life. In doing so, the audience learns how to initiate change AND maintain motivation as they strive to manage their health for the long term. This session can also provide an introduction to further presentations in the Health and Wellbeing Series.

This interactive presentation encourages attendees to explore how they spend their time and to reflect on how much time is spent investing in themselves and their mental and physical health. We explore lifestyle activities that have been proven to have a significant effect on positive mental health such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga and creative activities like art, singing and photography.

In the UK, 1 in 3 suffers from poor sleep. This not only has a negative effect on work performance but increases the risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes and shortens life expectancy.

This interactive presentation gives an overview of the physiology of sleep and discusses research that links sleep quality and quantity with ill-health. We explore how the audience currently combats tiredness and reflect on their current sleep/bed time routine. Finally, we discuss practical strategies for improving sleep which will have many positive benefits for other areas of their health such as; stress management, weight loss, exercise, mood, memory, concentration, and performance in cognitive tasks.

Many of us feel that our busy work and personal lives reduce the opportunity to take the rest and breaks that we need to recharge and refocus. This workshop encourages the audience to consider the importance of taking frequent, daily breaks for improved physical and psychological health, and practical steps of how to best introduce effective breaks into daily lives.

Exercise is often used to counteract a stressful day, however there is some evidence to suggest that certain forms of exercise are more beneficial than others when it comes to reducing stress. This interactive presentation provides an overview of the physiology of stress and discusses how exercise programmes should be developed in order to improve mental health and to avoid the burnout or injury that can arise when we add exercise to a busy work and family life.

Research often shows social support as the most important factor for enabling individuals to buffer against and cope with many of life’s difficult situations. Now the latest research also shows that, in both difficult and normal times, social support is important in helping us pursue opportunities to develop and grow, and therefore to thrive.

But few use social support well. This interactive presentation will help the audience become more confident and strategic in their use of social support by considering the types of support required for difficult times/to thrive and how to build an effective support network.

This interactive presentation outlines the physiology of stress and discusses the link between nutrition and gut health with mental health. It will encourage the audience to reflect on their own diet and how it may be having a detrimental effect on mood and stress levels. Finally it will provide practical solutions for making small but significant changes to nutrient intake in order to improve stress responsiveness, mood, and cognitive performance.

This interactive presentation discusses the risks associated with excess weight and presents a brief summary of research evidence on weight loss interventions. It will encourage the audience to reflect on previous weight loss attempts and identify; what works for them, what doesn’t work for them, and why this may be the case. Finally, they will be provided with practical tips and advice on how to make lifestyle changes that promote long-term weight management.

Many of us feel that we are stuck on a work rollercoaster with little or no control over what we do or how we do it. This can have a negative effect on our engagement, job satisfaction, performance and wellbeing. This workshop introduces the latest wellbeing concept from organizational psychology, ‘job crafting’. Job crafting encourages individuals to redesign their work by planning to seek challenges and resources, and to reduce demands. It also encourages individuals to consider how their work can better build in their strengths, passions and interests.

How many cups have you had today? How many cups have been drunk across your organisation? Coffee is seen as more than a drink. It wakes us up, keeps us going. It is a social force: it creates conversation, it units us. But what is the impact of drinking coffee on your health, your performance? This interactive workshop will help attendees consider how coffee affects us and how to ‘use’ it for best benefit.

 
Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Practice
All of L&M’s Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Practice presentations are completed by post-doctoral, British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologists.

Understanding trauma and symptom recognition is vital for self-care and the timely seeking of support. This interactive session describes the neurophysiology of vicarious trauma (VT) and PTSD, and those factors that increase risk within the workplace. This provides foundation for discussing; the signs and symptoms of VT/PSTD, methods of self-care, what to do it if symptoms are experienced, and the principles behind professional trauma-support services.

Understanding vicarious trauma (VT)/PTSD and the workplace factors that increase risk is vital for anyone with managerial or duty of care responsibilities to those exposed to the trauma of others at work. This interactive session encourages the audience to consider: their role and responsibility in the assessment, understanding and reduction of risk factors; how to recognise a trauma-related concern; how to provide/signpost appropriate support; and how to reduce stigma and promote a supportive environment across the team/organisation.

This guided workshop provides a safe forum for honest discussion amongst those who manage and work within a vicarious trauma/PTSD high risk workplace. Attendees will be encouraged to consider good safeguarding practice, and to discuss how best to reduce/mitigate the risk and to promote work practices that support positive mental health. The aim is to produce a clearly defined action plan that supports the development, implementation and evaluation of good safeguarding practice.

This interactive session is of benefit to those who provide support to, or who need to develop a professional relationship with, those who have experienced trauma. It outlines the importance of understanding how the emotional climate that exists within a support relationship has consequence for the worker, the client, and the professionalism of the work completed. Attendees are encouraged to consider practices that promote awareness of their personal influence within the emotional climate, and how best to control these influencing factors for better professional practice and personal mental health.

This interactive session is of benefit to those whose work requires them to conduct interviews with individuals who have experienced trauma. It outlines how trauma and lingering traumatic stress influences the interview process, e.g., the individual’s ability to recall information, the likelihood of heightened stress, and encourages attendees to consider practices that help to overcome these factors.

Colleagues of those returning to work following a mental health problem often want to be supportive, but are unsure of how to be so. This interactive session forwards a more personal, day-to-day approach than those aspects covered by HR return to work procedures. It encourages attendees to give practical consideration as to what to say or do in keeping with their relationship with the colleague and role parameters. This session is particularly useful for demystifying concerns when mental health problems are considered as a protected characteristic.

Many face distressing situations in their working lives, but cultural and professional expectation requires them to remain in control of their own emotional experience whilst supporting and showing empathy to others. These outward displays may or may not be in accordance with their felt emotions, whilst time or space to acknowledge, reflect on, or deal with personal emotions is often limited: This has potential consequence for personal emotional wellbeing. This session introduces: ‘Emotional Labour’, the efforts taken to regulate emotions in an attempt to meet role/organisational expectations; the potential wellbeing outcomes of emotional labour; and initiates thoughts of how to better support personal needs.

 
Leadership and Team Development
All of L&M’s Leadership and Team Development presentations are completed by our highly experienced consultants, all of whom have vast practical experience of leading, supporting and gaining success within high-pressure, high-stake environments.

Strong, honest, two-way communication is essential for organizational success and for individuals to experience psychological wellbeing at work. This presentation will encourage attendees to consider; the importance and influence of communication, the skills that are involved in effective communication, the problems that can be experienced when communication fails, and how to promote positive communication with colleagues and within the work culture.

Within this presentation, our L&M Associate draws upon his immense experience of leading within crisis situations around the world, whilst working alongside Government, commercial, and third sector organisations. Specifically, he discusses the importance of; adaptability, innovation, team motivation, emotional management and a sense of humour, for attaining success, and how he created environments that nurtured these key qualities. This session can be adapted to fit the audiences’ potential subjects of interest, e.g., managing personal and the teams’ stress.

Within this presentation, our L&M Associate divulges personal insight gained across a long-standing career that spans from Lt – Lt Col within Her Majesty’s Royal Marines through to a Regional Manager within the commercial world. He discusses how he as a leader at different levels, has trained, mentored and developed his staff, and the importance and benefits of this. This presentation aims to enable both those who provide and receive mentoring to both engage and benefit from the mentoring process more effectively.

Within this presentation, our L&M Associate aims to demonstrate some of the management and leadership conundrums that he has encountered in very varying circumstances: Solutions to those conundrums can often be tricky to identify. He offers some personal thoughts on how he addressed those challenges, succeeding sometimes, … but not always. Examples of the conundrums in question span different countries, and civilian and military scenarios. They include; the planned Police-requested Military re-taking of an oil platform from activists in the North Sea, how to deal with the challenge of a ‘bullying boss’, how to work with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a diplomat abroad, relations with the Department for International Development when deployed overseas, and how to overcome cultural challenges abroad. He also mentions some of the issues experienced when delivering ‘team-bonding’ events for professional organisations including sports teams such as England RFU, Somerset CCC and Wigan RLFC.

Within this presentation, our L&M Associate provides insight of his extensive leadership experience of preventing, mitigating against, and coping with crisis whilst working within the military and commercial sectors. He will outline the importance of effective communication within these situations, and how crisis management often suffers due to time pressure, information distortion, and restricted thinking. These ‘hands on’, engagement sessions will consider how to overcome these barriers when communicating with senior management, clients and colleagues across an organisation to enable the development of more effective solutions. The two presentations will consider:

– The communication required when requesting information to brief and inform decision makers. For example, what are the drivers to their questions? Are they asking the right questions?

– The communication required from the team when responding to request for information and passing this to the decision makers and vice versa. For example, is the information being passed what they know or what the person being briefed/decision maker needs to know?

 
Leadership for Optimal Wellbeing and Performance
All of L&M’s Leadership for Optimal Wellbeing and Performance presentations are completed by our post-doctoral level psychologists with vast experience of applying their knowledge to real-world situations.

Less than 20% of the UK population answer “Yes” to all of the following questions:

  • Are you making the most of your abilities?
  • Are you coping with the normal stresses of life?
  • Are you working productively and effectively?
  • Are you able to contribute to your community?
  • How would your employees respond? What impact would negative answers have on your employees’ work performance and relationships, their lives and health, and for our society at large?

    Psychological wellbeing is the sum of an individual’s reflective assessment of how his/her life is going, the experiencing of particular positive and negative feelings (typically at a particular point in time), and perceptions of ‘a life well lived’. With the amount of time spent at work, it is easy to see how everyday work experiences have opportunity to both promote and hinder employee wellbeing.

    This introductory workshop outlines how psychological wellbeing affects key business performance indicators, and the main ways in which organisations can both hinder and promote employees’ psychological wellbeing, health and performance.

    Many organisational and external factors can have strong negative influence on staff psychological wellbeing and health. This can leave managers feeling that their team’s wellbeing is beyond their control. Perfect for an Away Day, this session will encourage the audience to consider their ‘sphere of influence’ and to consider those daily leadership and management behaviours and interactions that are supported by research to play an important role in promoting staff wellbeing.

    Effective team learning and thus enhanced performance requires a shared belief across all members that interpersonal risks can be taken without negative consequence. Such a culture enables the; asking of questions, seeking of feedback, reflection on results, discussion of errors or unexpected outcomes, testing of assumptions, and the safer experimentation and implementation of change. This session will introduce the concept of ‘Team Psychological Safety’, and encourage the audience to consider how team and organisational practice influences team members’ perceived ability to safely engage in the ongoing, collective learning process of reflection and action.

     
    Testimony:
    We have been using L&M Consulting Ltd to deliver monthly “lunch and learn” sessions for our employees and have been thrilled with the quality of the presentations. The feedback from our employees has been overwhelmingly positive.The content of the sessions are always excellent; extremely interesting and delivered to a high standard by engaging and knowledgeable presenters.   I would not hesitate to recommend L&M.

    Helen, HR Manager, the London Office of a European Asset Management Company.

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