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14 October 2011
Denmark: first report on HR practices in multinationals in Denmark
HR policies.  Most multinationals involved with the survey are European (46% Scandinavian) and 16% American.  Two thirds claim they have an “International HR unit” with a cross-border coordination system for managers.  Generally speaking, HR policy is determined at the level of the multinational’s headquarters and then sent out to the subsidiaries.  The researchers point out that Danish subsidiaries are highly free to make decisions as regards communication, participation and employee representation, but...
14 October 2011
United States: revival of the debate over the importance of applicants’ financial background during recruitment procedures
One year after the federal agency on professional equality held a public meeting on the subject, about 30 unions and associations* revived the debate on discrimination during recruitment procedures based on applicants’ financial situation and launched, on October 11th, a campaign against the use of debt files when recruiting.  “60% of U.S. employers conduct credit checks on job applicants”, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
22 September 2011
Germany: discounter Kik launches advertising campaign to improve its image as an employer
For three months, the employees of the German clothing discounter Kik will explain, in commercials on TV and in theaters, why they feel good in their company. This campaign, launched by the discounter this week, is part of a series of measures the group took to try and restore its image, stained by a few scandals. Lidl, Schlecker, Netto… many discount firms, like Kik, are currently undergoing a social metamorphosis to get rid of their image of unscrupulous employer. (Ref. 110565)
19 May 2011
Germany: ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt provides “children’s hotel” open 24/7 to its employees
Declining birth rates.  According to Jürgen Peschel, in charge of training apprentices within the company’s professional school on the one hand, and of work-life balance on the other, ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt’s interest in the subject of work-life balance isn’t new.  At the time of the GDR already, 40% of employees were women (as opposed to 23% today) and childcare services were excellent.  However, with the current decline in birth rate following that of the 1990s, this problem has now gained in...
11 May 2011
Germany: employees’ productivity keeps increasing with age (Study)
11,000 employees followed for three years.  To carry out the study entitled “Productivity and age: Evidence from work teams at the assembly line”(see the full version in English below), the MEA’s researchers, Axel Börsch-Supan and Matthias Weiss, were lucky enough to use the internal statistics of the truck factory of Wörth, Daimler’s biggest factory for this type of production with nearly 11,000 employees.  The study lasted between 2003 and 2006 and looked at workers aged 25-65.  The researchers were...
9 December 2010
Great Britain: the private sector is hiring but needs more talent
Recruitment picks up.  For this study, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) interviewed the human resources managers of 1,100 businesses in Europe and in the US.  Recruitment forecasts in 2011 are twice as high as for 2010: 28% of surveyed by the consultant firm said they would recruit, as opposed to 13% last year.  Meanwhile, the amount of planned layoffs went from 43% last year down to 16%.  These are encouraging for the labor market and suggest that the private sector may be able to absorb workers from the public...
8 December 2010
Germany: Siemens announces the withdrawal of variable pay for board members
Fixed pay, a new trend?  The remuneration of board members (+52% since 2000) hasn’t been left out of the growing debate on the remuneration of corporate managers (+35% since 2000).  In Germany, where dual management is particularly widespread, the most common remuneration structure for board members is divided into a fixed part and a variable part, plus attendance fees.  Currently, a majority of businesses listed on the DAX30, the Frankfurt stock exchange, applies this system.  Among these, 40% added a...
22 November 2010
Netherlands: employees are highly satisfied
This number will surely make people jealous across Europe: no less than 78% of Dutch people say they are happy with their current job, and 65% of them say they “keep an eye out” for job offers in case of a shift in position.  Despite this sign of good social health, it’s not all roses in the polder country, where the crisis had a severe impact: 58% of employees find it harder to change jobs, a proportion which was 27% in 2008 and went to 41% in 2009.  Regardless, 12.7% of the people surveyed in 2009 were planning on changing employers in 2010, while 14% said they were ready to emigrate if they found job opportunities elsewhere. ...
11 November 2010
Denmark: businesses increasingly use an email policy
Key vehicle blurring the line between private and professional life, with 20% of employees that can’t help write or read work emails at home and 22% that “always or often” check their email on weekends, work email is an increasing stress factor, not only for these “inbox slaves” but also for the company.  according to a study carried out by the YouGov Zapera Institute published this week in A4, the weekly newspaper of the LO union, Danish businesses increasingly adopt formal or informal policies on the...