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20 December 2016
China: employee loyalty, an HR priority
Both an ageing population coupled together with growing demands from China’s millennials are now forcing corporations to rethink the way they approach Chinese employees, as retaining talent is key in a country where only 4 % of the population has a qualification. A number of articles recently in the media by Chinese sociologists have stressed the...
23 May 2016
Russia: Eldorado project looks to attract young managerial staff into retailing
A dearth of young qualified professionals is affecting the country, despite the falloff in GDP. Not only is the research sector being impacted but so are both tourism and retailing. The Eldorado project is all about attracting young professionals into retailing. Eldorado, Russia’s largest retailer of consumer electronics and household appliances, together with Russia’s Association of Managers has launched the project “Oupravlaï rezoultatom’ (Show your result), and it is receiving support from the...
25 November 2015
Portugal: Italian multinational Calzedonia’s recruitment policy is roundly criticized for breaches of privacy
Italian multinational Calzedonia (lingerie) has received much criticism in Portugal. Two of its outlets in Lisbon set up their recruitment operations at street level in full view of passersby. On top of this, bags full of CVs were left open out on the sidewalk. The sector’s union is accusing the company of “violation of personal integrity and an attack on those looking for employment.” The Labor Inspectorate authorities have been called in on a case they consider to be a breach of the right to work.
21 October 2015
Russia: businesses still looking to hire highly skilled professionals, despite the economic crisis
“We need engineers to design the aircraft of tomorrow, to meet the challenges that technology raises, stated Svetlana Kraïchinskaya, vice-president of HR at United Aircraft Corporation, a majority State owned aeronautics company employing more than 100,000. Older staff do not speak English, an indispensible requirement nowadays, and younger workers are inexperienced, and that’s not even talking about boredom levels…” Thus the need to find new ways of motivating staff.
21 April 2015
Russia: foreign businesses scarce among the top employers ranking
Russia’s most popular employment site HeadHunter (hh.ru) has published its 2014 top employers ranking that aims to be as simple and as transparent as possible in a context where an employer’s reputation is becoming an increasingly important criterion of choice for future employees. “Employers are well aware of this and are focusing on it”, confirmed Caroline Galliaerde, managing director of Brainpower-BPI Group Russia/CEI. Four foreign subsidiaries feature in the top ten with Microsoft taking the top slot...
13 March 2015
Vodafone looks to pamper their mothers (employees) around the globe
Vodafone, the British telecommunications giant  that employs around 93,000 staff is going to implement a  new maternity leave policy that will apply across their global operations (Global Maternity Policy). The policy aims to offer all  mothers  16 weeks of 100% paid maternity leave and also to enable mothers, returning from maternity leave, to work 30 hours a week for 6 months,  also on full salary. Vodafone is trying to dissuade  mothers leaving  after their babies are born because their replacement...
3 March 2015
Germany: digitization is a massive challenge facing HR units (feedback from the German Association for Personnel Management congress)
How is the rapid rise in digitization changing business models and value chains? What is the impact on how work is organized? What is HR’s role in the face of the challenges that the digital revolution is raising? Over the course of two days (23, 24 February), almost 400 invitees, for the most part heads of large German businesses, discussed these issues during a congress organized by the German Association for Personnel Management (DGFP) in Berlin. The conclusion was that the digital revolution was well...
15 December 2014
When companies use mobile phones to recruit their staff
Using your mobile phone or your tablet to make your job application whilst on the bus in Timbuktu or wherever: mobile hiring allows you to apply for jobs any time and from anywhere. This recruitment practice optimizes company career sites via deployment to hand held devices. In the context of mobile recruitment becoming commonplace how do French companies stack up in the smartphone-hiring race? Orange, Carrefour, Colas, and BNP Paribas, all innovating companies in this area, agreed to answer our questions.
28 November 2014
Deloitte creates start-up incubator to keep better hold of its employees
The British consultancy giant Deloitte is now allowing its employees to create their own start-up, without leaving the company. The new and trendy initiative — for which a sum of £25 million has been set aside — seems to be an attempt to address the high turnover of young ‘generation Y’ employees.
19 November 2014
Japan: Pierre Tuvi “Japanese human resource management is at an historic turning point”
Low unemployment (3.5% August 2014), rising uncertainty amongst the young and old, a corporate culture characterized by collectivism and a very powerful hierarchy, human resources in Japan appear unchanged. Nevertheless in less than 5 years “the country is marking a turning point due to generational renewal and serious competition from China and Korea.” This is how Pierre Tuvi of Franco-Japanese origin and Associate Director of SyVision, an international advisory firm, analyses the situation.  Planet labor...