“Continuing education, flexibilization, corporate culture: How the Covid19 pandemic is changing equal opportunities in companies” – this is the (translated from German) title of a study published by “Initiative Chefsache” in March. It shows those who see Corona as an opportunity to finally drive change in the working world at an appropriate pace, that there is still a lot to do. And that, unfortunately, change doesn’t always mean moving forward. The numbers show that the pandemic has had an adverse effect on equal opportunities between men and women. In addition to a lack of flexible working models and a conservative corporate culture, the employees surveyed in the study complain mostly about the lack of up-to-date and appropriate learning and training opportunities.
We have compiled the most important figures from the study and used them as an opportunity to show how things could be improved and how companies can use the pandemic to make learning an integral part of the work culture in the day-to day lives of their employees, break up rigid structures, and promote positive change in terms of equal opportunities. Read more
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Nowadays, being in therapy is no longer something to be ashamed of. More and more people openly acknowledge that there are things that they cannot manage on their own. Some might even say it is “en-vogue” to go to therapy. My house, my car, my therapist, and so on. Most likely every development brings its exaggeration with it.
And yet: Perhaps we need some kind of large-scale therapy – in companies! Perhaps a broadly applied cognitive behavioural therapy will finally bring about the much-needed breakthrough in thinking. Maybe only the direct confrontation with the knots in our own heads, which can’t be untied with home remedies, such as the occasional workshop or the diligent consumption of the Tandemploy blog, will help. Read more
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Many people have experienced the past weeks and months since the beginning of the Corona crisis as an emotional rollercoaster ride. Uncertainty, anger, gratitude, feeling overwhelmed, a spirit of optimism – living and working under completely new circumstances have made the different facets of human emotions visible not only in the personal realm but also between colleagues and superiors. Therefore, leadership in times of Corona requires allowing much more space for feelings. But how much feeling is good in a work context? How much of yourself do you take with you to work? How vulnerable do you want to appear? Should it be ok to show unfiltered feelings at all times? Or only the good ones? And then what to do with the less pleasant ones? Are emotional people possibly even better leaders?
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Simply put, a matching process brings together what belongs together. To each their own or a lid to every pot – or rather, learning needs and know-how or project and skills. And here we are, right in the middle of Skill Matching and the question of what the whole thing has to do with the changing world of work. Read more
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I am in my mid 30s and therefore do not, by definition, belong to the so-called Digital Natives. But even though, digital tools are a natural part of my day. Half of my life is on Trello, I write about topics revolving around the digital transformation and I work remotely with different constellations of people and with a wide variety of sharing tools. I consider myself to be one of the “young and wild”, the digital heads and the like – and then I sit on the metro amongst a group of 12-year-olds and think to myself: I don’t have a clue what they are talking about. ‘Have you seen Lisa’s meme on TikTok – so f*#$% LIT!’ While I inconspicuously search for “Tick Tock” on Ecosia, I catch myself thinking ‘When I was your age, I was playing football outside with my friends, instead of wasting so much time on a smartphone.’
I had always sworn to myself never to say things like “When I was your age…”. Suddenly I feel very old. Not even 20 years separate me from these youngsters. Fifty years separate them from my parents, of which one is still working. I ask myself: How can people, that have been socialized in two completely different worlds, work together? In one company? Towards a common goal?Read more
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