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How to Effectively Retain Generation Y?

Stimulation, involvement, organised training together with the freedom to experiment seem to be the keys of obtaining the loyalty of this group of employees. Christian Gall Executive Director Core International Markets in AirPlus International France explains how “Group belonging is important to them, so organisation of team events, dinners, games, challenges and group activities are important to engage and motivate them. Also they seem to be keen on finding a meaning to their work ...

Psycho-rumination

Losing a job could put a person’s ability to balance the emotional status into risk, and this ability processes with the regulation of the negative emotions caused by experienced situations. But how does the regulation of this emotion work? First of all it is important to understand what the feeling is and to establish a dialogue with ourselves; this is called rumination through which we think over the motives of our discomfort. These motives are, in this case, always linked to the ...

Rejuvenated Business

The importance of the retention of the new generation has become a fundamental issue in business today. Using international research conducted by the CRF Institute as a starting point we interviewed Young and Old managers from around the world to get their opinions on the requirements, the values and the perceptions of the Y generation compared to those of their ‘forefathers’. There are different reasons why retention of young professionals is crucial for many employers: demographic ...

The Third Industrial Revolution

Most of the buzz in Washington these days is around the new energy initiatives, and particularly, the laying down of the national smart grid-using state of the art Internet technologies. The idea is to take electricity generated from centralized wind and solar parks in the west and send them across digitalized smart grids to eastern cities. President Obama has made repeated references to this in the past several weeks. Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s plan is 20th Century ...

Committed to a More Humane World

Contributing to sustainable global development is the mission of the Crans Montana Forum, through international meetings and the work of the Graduate Institute of International Studies. Twsm interviews Prof. Jean-Paul Carteron. A more humane world is the clear aim of the Crans Montana Forum which takes place annually at Crans Montana, a ski resort in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The forum seeks to foster dialogues for global change. The work of fostering global dialogue is also ...

Brain Powered

Is it possible for companies to achieve sustainable profitability in a time of economic crisis? If yes how? Ph.D. Jeffrey Pfeffer suggests a formula. It is based on a simple principle: the most important assets of companies are people, their motivation, commitment and their brains. twsm You wrote a book entitled Building Profits by Putting People First. How can people be considered an advantage towards sustainable profit? jp In today’s world, particularly in advanced industrial economies, ...

An Unexpected Affair

Today everybody wants to know about the current economic and financial crisis. Governments all over the world are working to try to solve the crisis, even with sometimes unconventional but innovative approaches that draw attention to parallels between the financial and the natural world. The global crisis has made clear that psychological forces are influencing the wealth of nations. As the economists George A. Akerlof and Robert J.Shiller stress in their book “Animal Spirits”, noneconomic ...

Take Your Time

Published in the hard-copy of Work Style Magazine, Fall 2014 The history of mankind is marked by continuing outbreaks of war, but one unstoppable battle, even though apparently not bloody, has always accompanied man in his struggle for existence: the war against time. Man, with his actions, fills the small container of his life, and every action needs time to unfold; we know that time is short but we do not know the exact amount available to each of us. This causes feelings of fatalism, ...

A Dive in the Blue Ocean

W. Chan Kim and Rénee Mauborgne outline their innovative point of view in the “oceanic” Hr world for a creative vision for organizations. cm In the current financial turmoil, many countries and companies are facing new crises and challenges. What are some characteristics and qualities that corporate leaders should have in leading and managing change? Kim & Mauborgne (k&m) A time of crisis is typically accompanied by resources crunch and low organizational morale. To ...

And Then …

As with every other aspect in our life, time can be “good” or “bad,” our best friend or our worst enemy. It can be the most precious resource or the most terrible nightmare, depending on how we look at it. If people were able to stop trying to escape (from childhood, being anxious to grow up) or, conversely, fighting against time passing (against a valuable maturity, against wrinkles on our faces), but lived the present at its fullest, that would mean awareness and acceptance of ...

Anxiety

Time and Anxiety Matter by Steve M. Cohen Some people are actually stress seekers. I am one. If I don’t have enough to do I get lethargic. Having multiple things going on in my work life actually stimulates me to do and be better. When I am faced with anxiety or worry about a particular matter, I try to figure out the worst outcome and then begin to accept that worst outcome. Of course, that process of acceptance takes time and fortitude. Once I have accepted that there is going to be a ...

Value

Learning  From Differences by Lisa Bull Older, more experienced workers want to know that what they bring to the workplace is respected and valued, and that organizations look at their experience as an asset and not a liability. This generation has worked hard for many years and has persevered in a career. Younger employees often look for a workplace that values work-life balance and provides many options for their work schedule and approach. In my opinion, managers can use the strengths ...