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One in five APAC job applicants submitted false information

More than one in five background checks conducted on job candidates in APAC in 2016 identified inaccuracies in the information supplied by candidates. While the discrepancy rate has decreased from the previous year, it still remains almost three times higher than the global discrepancy rate of 9.7%. This disparity between APAC and global discrepancy rates […]

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Companies focused on resilience in low-growth environment

On the whole, despite unsettling events and political uncertainty in key markets, 70% of APAC executives view the global economy as either modestly improving or stable. This confidence in part may be due to APAC’s continued annual year-over-year GDP growth (4.3% in 2015 and 4.2% in 2016 — Oxford Economics), which consistently outperforms sluggish global […]

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Purpose, not profit

66% of business leaders say they are profoundly rethinking their organisations’ purpose as a result of disruption Only 15% say that their company’s main purpose is to maximise shareholder value A majority, 73%, of business leader believe in the value of a strong corporate purpose, and only a minority (15%) say their company’s main purpose […]

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Universum releases World’s Most Attractive Employer rankings 2017

  WMAE 2017 results reveal that the majority of talent would prefer to work for medium-sized employers Universum Global announced their 9th annual World’s Most Attractive Employper (WMAE) results from over 290,000 business and engineering/IT students from the world’s 12 largest economies. The WMAE ranking recognises global organisations implementing preferable employer attributes according to highly-talented […]

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Hong Kong is APAC’s most expensive location for expats

– Hong Kong is the world’s second-most expensive location for expats–its highest position since ECA’s rankings began – Macau climbs 17 places in APAC rankings this year—now more expensive than Guangzhou and Shenzhen for expats – Luanda, Angola now the world’s most expensive location for expats Hong Kong is APAC’s most expensive location for expats […]

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Women returning to the work–an untapped pool of talent

With today’s career models evolving over time, it is becoming common for women to take a career break for various reasons such as maternity leave, to care for their family or even further their studies. According to the latest thought leadership report Understanding Employers’ Attitudes Towards Women Returning To Work from Robert Walters, two-thirds of […]

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Is there a corporate leadership crisis?

90% of directors believe leadership strategy oversight is a board responsibility, but just 11% feel boards do this well.  In the wake of recent scandals in the automotive, financial services, and airline industries, a new report from WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation (WCD) and Pearl Meyer provides insight on how boards can advance a company’s business strategy by […]

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HR background no longer critical to securing CHRO role

More than half of CHROs surveyed had a career outside of the HR function before becoming the CHRO Current Southeast Asia CHROs identify ‘Thinking Strategically’, ‘Driving Change’, and ‘Business Knowledge’ as their top three key improvement areas Over half of CHROs in Southeast Asia do not have an HR background, according to the Developing the […]

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Employees’ needs fall on deaf ears

Research has revealed that employers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia continue to ignore the importance of work-life balance as employee preference for it rises to the highest level in years. The Randstad Employer Brand Research 2017 revealed that the importance of work-life balance has continued to rise to become one of the most important […]

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Joanna Lee

Bauhinia Coatings Group Group Head of Human Resources Joanna Lee is the Group HR Director for Bauhinia Coatings Group which enables organization in making better decisions about human resource management, strategic leadership, organization development, design and change. Overseeing human capital strategies across our group operations, She has grown and managed teams in different sizes of […]

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Kay Chen

Turner International Asia Pacific Limited Human Resources Manager, APAC Kay Chen is the Human Resources Manager partners closely with business to ensure their talent needs are met. Her diverse client groups cover from Content, Sales and Marketing, Finance and Accounting to remote teams in Seoul and Taipei. It’s unique combination of creative, client facing and […]

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Gwen Lockington

Turner International Asia Pacific Limited Executive Director, HR, APAC Gwen Lockington is an HR professional who works with organisations to align their people strategy with the business. She is passionate about creating an environment where employees love what they do and believes that to deliver this, developing management capability is critical. For the past 16 […]

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Athena Ngai

Sony Corporation of Hong Kong Limited Senior HR Manager Athena Ngai is the Head of Human Resources of Sony Corporation of Hong Kong Limited and managing all HR functions including talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, talent as well as organizational development. Athena is also playing key role as Talent Lead for the China region to […]

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Bessie Chong

Esquel Group Director, Group Training and Talent Management Bessie joined Esquel Group, one of the global leading textile and apparel manufacturers with a vertically-integrated supply chain, in 2008.  She shares the company’s philosophy of “Dare to Err but Quick to Learn” in her quest for continuous improvement in leading and driving people development initiatives to […]

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Gayle Antony

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. General Manager, Global Human Resources Gayle Antony has been General Manager, Global Human Resources of INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. since May 1, 2015. She is based at the company’s global headquarters in Hong Kong and reports directly to INFINITI chairman and global president, Roland Krueger. In this role, Gayle Antony is […]

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Tracey Roseborough Tam

Michigan Ross Business School Executive Director, Head of Learning & Development APAC Tracey is the Executive Director and Head of Learning and Development APAC for Michigan Ross Business School. She is originally from Canada and has been based predominantly in Asia for the last 20 years with postings in Europe and North America.  She has […]

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Leonard Lai

AIA Director of Group People Development & Culture – Group HR Leonard is currently the Director of People Development & Culture for AIA Group, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group with a presence in 18 markets across the Asia-Pacific region. He provides leadership in formulating, planning and implementing group-wide people development agenda […]

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Gamification—why it matters to HR

Re-imagining the future of the workplace On Tuesday 25 April over 100 attendees gathered at the Langham Hong Kong for the 2017 HR Leaders Forum hosted by CUHK MBA. The Forum was among the first in Hong Kong to explore the future of gamification, with a unique exchange of ideas between senior HR leaders and […]

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One in five APAC job applicants submitted false information

More than one in five background checks conducted on job candidates in APAC in 2016 identified inaccuracies in the information supplied by candidates. While the discrepancy rate has decreased from the previous year, it still remains almost three times higher than the global discrepancy rate of 9.7%. This disparity between APAC and global discrepancy rates […]

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Staying ahead of the tech curve

Stefan Reis, CHRO, SAP explains why HR must grab technology by the horns to engage and retain the best talent HR has to work hard to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to rapidly evolving technology in today’s workplace. HR Magazine recently spoke with Stefan Ries, Chief Human Resources Officer, SAP to get […]

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How to make networking less miserable

By Andrew Marder, Small Business Expert, Capterra The worst part of networking is every single part of networking. The free snacks are okay, unless you get stuck with crudité. Everything else feels challenging, painful, or unproductive. You step into a room of other small business owners and managers with a pocketful of business cards, and […]

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A family-friendly workplace

Recently the Kering Group announced our new Global Parental Policy. The framework provides Group-wide standards in terms of maternity, paternity and adoption leave for more than 38,500 employees in nearly 60 countries around the world. The new policy holds a single and clear purpose: to build a supportive and inclusive working environment for all our […]

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As skills shift, talent attraction and retention continue to challenge APAC employers

More than 60% of employers experience difficulty attracting and retaining top talent. As the world of work undergoes a digital transformation, employers in Asia Pacific are grappling with challenges in attracting and retaining top talent, according to two major surveys The 2016 Global Talent Management Survey and Rewards Survey by Willis Towers Watson. It revealed […]

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HR’s D&I struggle

HR faces many challenges, some of which cause a great deal of frustration. However, the solving of these problems can lead to huge advantages for both the business and the individuals it employs. A growing concern of modern day HR is in effectively managing and leveraging Diversity & Inclusion. HR Magazine media partnered the Community […]

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HR & IT: Partnering for Success

Verizon may be a household name in the US as a wireless telecommunications operator, but here in Asia their presence is less obvious. Two of their senior HR managers spoke to HR Magazine enthusiastically from the local Hong Kong Verizon office in Tai Koo. The duo shared on their vision, credo and how IT is […]

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Here are top 5 tips to get your employment checks right

  Deciding when and whom to check, and for what There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to background checks. They should be tailored based on: The nature of your industry The needs of your business The details of the position you’re hiring What local laws require or prohibit Knowing the components of background screening When you’re planning […]

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From sporting success to workplace wonders

Having a programme designed to support professional athletes preparing for retirement from sport makes all the difference when transitioning from a sports arena to a corporate one. HR Magazine spoke to Timothy Fok, President, Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC), Patrick Glennon, Adecco Senior Vice President, International Olympic Committee Athlete Career […]

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PRC Cybersecurity Law—What does it mean for HR managers?

The Chinese Government passed the new PRC Cybersecurity Law on 7 November 2016 and it will take effect on 1 June 2017.  The Law is a clear indicator of an increased focus by the Chinese authorities on data protection and its broad scope and potentially wide-ranging effects may increase data protection and data security compliance […]

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DLA Piper: flexible workforces

By Julia Gorham, Partner, Head of Employment—Asia, DLA Piper Changes in the modern workforce are now happening more radically and rapidly than ever. According to a report published by the International Labour Organisation in 2015, informal employment, very short term contracts, contingent freelance workers, homeworking and irregular working hours are becoming more and more widespread. […]

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HK Competition Ordinance—Why HR needs to tread more carefully in 2016

The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance (Cap. 619) (Ordinance) came into effect on 14 December 2015. Anti-trust laws have been long-established in the US, Europe and Australia—they make for good business practice. In Hong Kong, the Competition Commission has stated that it is ready to be ‘an effective enforcer of the competition law which will support Hong Kong’s open economy by ensuring fair […]

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Claims of harassment: how far can they go?

By Anita Lam, Of Counsel, DLA Piper Hong Kong Harassment is generally associated with appreciably more conflict in work teams as well as with less team cohesion and less success in meeting financial goals. Eliminating harassment in the workplace therefore makes good moral sense, legal sense as well as business sense. It may now also […]

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Hong Kong’s mandatory paternity leave “disappointing”

After years of debate, a mandatory 3 day paternity leave on 80% pay was finally passed by Hong Kong’s Legislative Council last Friday. Although many welcome the long-awaited law, others, such as Community Business, have expressed disappointed by the focus on operational cost which has led to this “baby step” for Hong Kong, an international […]

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Frisky Business: the dangers of workplace romances

By Pattie Walsh (Partner) and Naveen Qureshi (Associate), DLA Piper Hong Kong Given the amount of time people in Hong Kong spend in the workplace, it is perhaps inevitable that personal relationships will flourish. Many people are more likely to meet a partner at work than anywhere else. This then raises the question as to […]

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HK Workers Disengaged

Healing China’s expat headache

The opening of new markets in China in the past few years has created an explosion of job opportunities and a flourishing demand for skilled expatriate workers, with latest census figures revealing a leap from 74,000 to 220,000 foreign employees between 2000 and 2011. Sending expatriates to China, however, has proven to be a headache […]

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Law and Legal

National Government considers major restrictions on use of labour dispatch arrangements

According to Chinese media reports, the National People’s Congress (NPC) is currently drafting amendments to the Employment Contract Law (ECL) in order to further restrict the use of labour dispatch hiring arrangements—where employees are hired through staffing agencies and dispatched/seconded to a host company; this is similar to temp agency hiring arrangements in other jurisdictions. […]

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Hammer and Scale

Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance Changes

The Government introduced the Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Bill 2011 (the Bill) into the Legislative Council on July 13, 2011. The Bill seeks to implement proposals published in a Hong Kong Government report in April 2011. The proposals were formulated following a lengthy review process of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO), which commenced in 2009. […]

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Mental Illness in the Workplace

By Henry G. Harder, Shannon Wagner, and Josh Rash Review by Amie Filcher Mental health in the workplace is becoming an increasing concern costing businesses billions of dollars every year in loss of productivity, poor treatments and employee retention. Mental Illness in the Workplace provides a comprehensive guide to identifying, understanding, treating and preventing individual […]

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Lead to Succeed

By Chris Roebuck “To deliver real success, people must be inspired to be their best.” Lead to Succeed promises to deliver success and provides fundamentals for leaders to transform their own and other people’s performances. Professor Chris Roebuck introduces the Mach 2 Performance Programme, which aims to increase people’s performance and engagement in the workplace. […]

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A Field Guide for Organisation Development

Taking Theory into Practice~ Edited by Ed Griffin, Mike Alsop, Martin Saville and Grahame Smith A Field Guide for Organisation Development offers a variety of perspectives and experiences from researchers and practitioners on Organisation Development, a concept that many organisations find difficult to tackle. The editors have created a practical and accessible field guide that […]

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Success through a healthier workforce

The connection between health and job performance is widely known, and many employers are now realising that success can only be achieved by a healthy workforce. Many HR departments are taking steps to integrate healthy living initiatives to help motivate their workforce to stay healthy and safe at home and on the job, with the […]

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Keeping staff healthy, staying competitive

With hundreds of thousands of working days lost to sick leave in Hong Kong each year, companies are understandably keen to keep their workforces healthy. But encouraging workers to take better care of themselves is not always an easy task, particularly given Hong Kong’s culture of long working hours and the multiple demands upon people’s time. […]

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Creating Balance & Finding Happiness

By Diane Lang, MA  This publication serves as a happiness toolkit—a handy-sized reference book on how to find harmony when faced with the mounting and often conflicting pressures of work and home life. It offers simple, realistic and easy-to-use tips for happiness. According to Lang, many employees work anywhere between 60 and 80 hours a […]

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Four steps to a ‘good’ day at work

It is often argued that a happy workforce is a productive one and the secret to contentment in the office may be only four simple steps away, according to new research conducted among more than 3,000 Australian and New Zealand employees. When RedBalloon for Corporate asked participants what they desire to see at work, ‘More […]

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Workplace confessional

You may love your job–but probably not everything about it. Even working in a cubicle doesn’t mean you’re walled off from office irritations. A new survey commissioned by Citrix reveals the top reasons why office workers say they need to break away. Colleagues from hell Workplace bonding can be a good thing, but some rituals […]

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Work-life balance global issue

A report published by the International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA GEI) identified work-life balance as a key concern of HR management and HR lawyers from more than 40 countries. The IBA GEI Balancing Report: Strategic Trends in National Laws and Multinationals Policies on Work-Life Balance and the Implications for Human Resources Law reveals […]

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Staying ahead of the tech curve

Stefan Reis, CHRO, SAP explains why HR must grab technology by the horns to engage and retain the best talent HR has to work hard to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to rapidly evolving technology in today’s workplace. HR Magazine recently spoke with Stefan Ries, Chief Human Resources Officer, SAP to get […]

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C-3PO, the world first

Automation: C-3PO took my job!

Break neck speed advances in technology are having an impact on those in IT. 62% of technology professionals in APAC believe a significant part of their job will be subjected to automation within the next 10 years, rendering their current skills redundant, according to the findings of the Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2017. 62% is […]

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Getting HR into the fast lane

Cutting down time-consuming processes to help HR deliver accurate results quickly HR knows all too well that managing headcount is time-consuming and, at worst, convoluted and complex—especially in larger organisations. Pressure is on HR to become more strategic but balancing this with cumbersome operational roadblocks is a major challenge. HR Magazine recently met with Ashley […]

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Innovation to navigate recruitment minefields

Recruitment has long involved picking up the telephone, networking outside for candidates and screening the hundreds of CVs that pass recruiters’ desks every month. In recent years, tools such as LinkedIn have enhanced the ability of recruiters to accomplish such tasks—but the ground under their feet is fast-moving. Filtering out noise Simon Bradberry, Managing Director—Asia Pacific, Resource Solutions remarked at a recruitment […]

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Employees—greatest cyber security risk

Employees are the lifeblood of an organisation, technology helps facilitate ways in which they can work at their optimum. But is this always the case? According to 56% of nearly 2,000 information security experts worldwide in EY’s latest Global Information Security Survey 2015, employees are considered to be the most likely source of cyber attacks within organisations. What’s more, in Hong Kong and China, […]

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IT hiring and pay to rise globally

Despite a global economic slowdown, especially due to slower growth in emerging markets, the technology industry continues its rapid pace of innovation, disruption and creating new ventures, according to Aon Hewitt. In the next 12 months, technology companies globally are expected to increase the size of their workforce by 40%—internet, e-commerce and software sectors are […]

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AwardYourTeam web programme released

Inadequate recognition for contributions is a leading cause of voluntary employee turnover, which means that effective employee recognition is key. Enter Terryberry’s new AwardYourTeam application—a new web-based programme designed to help busy managers recognise their employees’ contributions more consistently and effectively. The new module in Terryberry’s 360 Recognition Platform is specifically designed to increase managers’ […]

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Start-ups and ‘work 4.0’ storm HRM Expo

Over 15,000 delegates and 650 exhibitors flocked to Europe’s annual HRM Expo in September, which came amongst the backdrop of new interactive features pioneered for this year’s show. The event, which took place in western German city of Cologne, focused on technology and the future encompassed within the theme of ‘work 4.0’. The expo touched […]

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Windows 10 launches with new tools for office

Microsoft’s latest brainchild hit the shelves last week, which means that employees and employers get some new office toys to play with. After the excellent Windows 7, many businesses struggled with the Windows 8 interface, which was hopelessly focussed on the touch screen market. Windows 10 is already being hailed on the web as possibly the […]

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HKMA Award for Excellence in Training and Development 2017

With the 26th HKMA Awards in the pipeline, organisations are clamouring to show off their commitment to L&D and how they have built their bespoke training programmes. The awards are a commendation to those who have worked extensively to develop training that is not only effective, but conscious of the human impact. Trainers from a […]

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The harder you fall, the higher you bounce

We have all been there—trapped in a long, boring training session in a windowless office that is either far too hot or cold. It is quite often the norm for team building, and while it is sometimes necessary to be in the classroom, a more interactive approach demanding energy expulsion may be more beneficial. Sport […]

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NEBOSH revise H&S diplomas

The National Examining Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) offers a range of vocationally-related qualifications to meet workplace health, safety, environmental and risk management need in both public and private sectors. The body has just announced revised syllabuses for its National and International Diplomas in Occupational Health and Safety to better align the two […]

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Snow, ice and lost lifeboats—team building on the South Pole

HR Magazine was invited to join the ‘Shackleton Challenge’—a highly unique training day to stimulate team-work and facilitate team-building in a challenging, rewarding and exhilarating fashion. The day was organised by AETG and conducted by Colin Tan, Managing Director & Chief Executive Coach, MetaNoia Intervention. After being fed and watered, the participants were tasked with […]

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Nurturing talent

AIA setting the pace for developing leaders of tomorrow In March, HR Magazine attended the opening of the brand new AIA Leadership Centre in Bangkok. The insurance giant is once again leading the way through its commitment to enhancing the quality, effectiveness and professionalism of its people. We spoke with Shu Khoo, Group Chief Human […]

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A chance for 50 ambitious youngsters to become Adecco ‘CEOs for One Month’

A springboard to brighter career prospects, with one candidate proceeding to become Adecco Group ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Alain Dehaze Adecco Group, a HR solutions provider, is giving 50 entrepreneurial and ambitious youngsters the chance to become ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside the Adecco top management in their home countries. Online applications will be […]

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Organisational Coaching: What it is, how it has evolved and the future

By John Raymond, Head of Coaching, IECL What is Organisational Coaching? There is still much confusion between different fields of coaching including organisational, life and business coaching. If one looks at the definitions, we see, Coaching itself is a goal-oriented, solution-focused, question-based conversation to support the development of the trainee and achievement of their goals. […]

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Lifting the vision: why organisations need to develop new generation leaders now

Knowing the best way to manage and develop Generation Y and Millennials into the next generation leaders is often the subject of intense debate within and amongst organisations. Though what most are in agreement about is that managing the newer generations—who will make up the majority of the workforce by 2020—will require new skills and […]

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Building high performance teams: a formula for organisational success

The quality of a team’s performance is one of the best predictors of organisational success. Businesses that understand this and commit to building high performance teams are those most likely to thrive in challenging times. It doesn’t matter how large or small your organisation is – if you want to improve performance, create and maintain […]

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