Can you climb the career ladder remotely?
Many of us are now back in the office. Restrictions are slowly being lifted. But it's fair to say that our working lives will never be the same again. Flexible working is here to stay and that means that many of us will still be working remotely from time to time.
Why I cannot hire or be hired?
There is a huge disconnect in the job market. Companies are struggling to find the right candidate. Meanwhile, candidates are struggling to find the right job.
How does working from home help support Ukraine?
This might seem like a strange question, but it is highly relevant right now. The answer is also more complex than it seems. There are direct consequences for both candidates and companies in recruitment, so we should address this question.
Don’t wait for an exit interview! Retain your talent!
We call this “talent retention”. Until recently, it was just something that HR teams talked about. The goal was to come up with a strategy to prevent the best and brightest from leaving. It wasn't always taken that seriously by senior management before the pandemic. But now that has changed. Retaining talent has become an important competitive advantage in a post-Covid world.
Going back to the office. Will it be the same?
Spring is in the air and the trees are full of cherry blossom. I'm in my office today. Looking out the window across the street is a popular Zürich café called La Stanza. It's packed. There’s also a long line of people waiting to buy lunch at a popular sushi store nearby.
Could a four-day week with 100% pay become reality?
This could be a dream come true. Just imagine having three days off work every week to enjoy life in Switzerland. You could spend more time skiing in the winter, or swimming in the lakes in summer. If you’re a parent, you get to spend more time with your kids. If you live far away from the office, the commute is more bearable, especially when combined with working from home.
Do you feel your career expectations are being met?
There’s an issue here, and it needs to be addressed. Here’s the situation. There are times I’ll speak to a client, and they will say, "you just can't get the talent these days". I'll then go and speak to a promising candidate, and they will ask "how do I get the experience for this role?"
Is there a risk of changing jobs too often?
This is not an easy question to answer. Our individual circumstances differ. There’s a whole range of reasons why we might consider a career move. So, let’s make this easier to answer. What if changing jobs meant you effectively got promoted without having to wait? By changing jobs, you have given yourself a pay rise and the promotion on your terms.
Can reverse mentoring make Swiss companies more successful
The fool speaks, but the wise listens. So, should different generations of employees work harder to listen to each other? This is exactly what Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric believed. Back in the early 90s, Welsh introduced reverse mentoring to General Electric with great success. He wanted the flow of skills and experience to flow both ways within the company and bring his multi-generational workforce together.
The office still matters for many employees
This might seem strange for me to say this. Most people know that I'm a big fan of flexible working. I support it and I believe that it can have a huge and beneficial impact on the well-being of employees.
How can companies retain talent?
Now you’re probably wondering why I would offer advice on how to retain talent. Surely this is not in my interest. I need talented employees to leave or want to leave, so I can present them to my clients who are trying to fill a position.