Advantages of working with young people

It is important for a company to have the right mix between old and young, experienced and maybe less experienced employees. Some companies prefer to hire employees with a lot of know-how and hands-on experience. However, one thing is for sure: It is always an advantage to have young and motivated people in your company. So, what are those benefits?

 

Energy

Generation Y, born between the 1980s to the early 2000s, also known as the Millennials,

are eager to continuously learn and develop themselves, plus they never stop exploring because of their thirst for knowledge. Young employees are really enthusiastic about their first job and they want to prove what they have learned so far.

 

Motivate your workforce

Introducing a young person to your workforce could be a chance to develop also their team- and training skills. Younger people have new, fresh ideas and also new solution approaches. Furthermore team members can get highly motivated due to the enthusiasm of a younger person.

 

Technological expertise

Younger people grew up with the Internet, mobile phones and many more innumerable technological devices. When sometimes experienced employees get confused with modern technology or just Excel Sheets, the Millennials can help them using time-saving shortcuts and formulas. Generation Y has an unique knowledge in technology which should not be missing in your company.

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Social Media Fluency

Speaking of technological expertise, Social Media is becoming bigger and bigger and it is unavoidable for a company not using at least one Social Media channel. It is a must-have nowadays and the Millennials grew up with it. More experienced employees sometimes feel not comfortable working with Social Media channels, younger people can help them getting used to it and maybe to really start liking it.

 

Networking

Due to the fact that the world is growing together and young people grew up in a connected world, they have made friends all over the world. Their network not only consists of people from one continent but of people from all over the world. This could be very helpful concerning the internationalization of your company. Furthermore this worldwide network is nowadays easier to maintain thanks to Social Media and the Internet …and so the circle is complete.

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All in all, it can be said that having Millennials in your company is not only necessaryut essential and a great investment for the future of your company.

 

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Notes on Leadership

Notes on work, success and leadership – things we forget about

 

There’s been so much ‘nagging’ about how to become a leader so far. Still, after becoming one, holding on to the gained values is essential. Though, sometimes, pressed by the circumstances, leaders tend to forget some of the values, so here’s a ‘heads up’ about it.

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Stay away from ‘the high view’

 

The usual attitude of many leaders of organisations is “I’m the boss, I’m the special one and you’re just an employee”. Well, that seems a bit wrong, doesn’t it? You know it’s wrong, maybe they know too that it is wrong, but such things happen a lot to people in high positions. Still, that’s not what leadership is all about. Leadership is also about recognising the value of each teammate and using that for the benefit of the organisation, of the common purpose. This is also connected to self- awareness.

 

Self awareness wins

 

This is not only about self-confidence, but about realistic self-confidence. It means understanding your strengths, your limitations and in consequence acting from competence: know when to rely on someone else. A good relationship with oneself is always a great benefit when leading – it gets you a good relationship with the others as well.

 

Don’t force things

 

Forcing one’s own view onto a situation blinds him or her from seeing what is actually going on. Therefore, one might act inappropriately and mess things up for the team, but also for him- or herself. If not forced, things usually fall into place. Always mind the timing: act the appropriate way at the appropriate time.

 

Yielding or decisiveness?

 

It’s just like ying and yang – balance. The middle way always gets the best results. Not falling into extremes is important for a leader. Mixing listening, co-operating, being open with being decisive has the best outcomes for everyone.

 

Leadership – The Classics

 

Speaking of being open-minded, here is some precious literature about leadership that will surely help: (all good things come in threes)

 

  • ‘The Art of War’ – Sun Tzu
  • ‘The Prince’ – Niccolò Machiavelli
  • ‘The Republic’ – Plato

Office diversity

Advantages of Cultural Diversity in the workplace

Thursday morning: Getting an E-Mail from China, answering a phone-call from the USA and having a meeting with a group of customers from India. Cultural diversity takes place in our everyday life, also in our work place. It is important for companies to recognize the advantage of the full potential and benefits of this kind of diversity in the workplace. So what are those advantages?

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  • Increase of creativity

Employees with different cultural backgrounds have divergent attitudes and ideas. Furthermore there are also different ways how to solve a problem. Hence you can obtain more ideas and you will have various solutions for one problem or even new alternatives which is a massive advantage for your company and problem-solving strategy.

 

  • Increase of productivity

Productivity can increase exponentially when diverse people put together all their ideas, thoughts and solutions to meet a goal. In addition, we are living in a high-speed world in which decisions have to be made quickly, therefore companies have to adapt quickly nationally and internationally. The combination of these different point of views, diverse strengths, new processes and skills can be an unique advantage concerning the productivity.

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  • Language skills

In the world of globalisation and internationalization language skills are an essential competence of companies nowadays. To build a strong relationship with other companies abroad you should speak the same language and understand your partners. Understanding and speaking a language fluently is hard work but in working with diverse people you do not have to be afraid of language and cultural barriers. Furthermore, getting to know the cultural background and traditions of your business partners could be also a tremendous advantage. Your company can gain a greater perspective on the cultural background which can lead to greater success in global business.

 

All in all, cultural diversity is an essential part which gets more and more important in our fast-moving, globalized world. Companies should strengthen this diversity and see this as an integral part of the business plan. At the end, this could be the difference.

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Source: http://www.ethnoconnect.com/articles/9-business-advantages-of-diversity-in-the-work-place

5 Life Lessons You Will Learn Being Abroad

It’s this time of the year again. The weather gets colder, the days get shorter, the clothes get warmer and you spent more time inside. Summer seems further and further away and it gets harder to remember what the sun felt like on your bare shoulders. Wouldn’t it be great to be at the beach somewhere and get a tan? (And even better if you could develop yourself and help others while doing it?)

Luckily, you can jump on a plane and summer is only a few hours away! But if this isn’t enough reason for you to travel this winter, here are five more:

 

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  1. You will learn to live with less

Unfortunately taking your entire wardrobe (or your entire room) on a trip abroad is pretty much impossible. Packing forces you to really think about what you are going to need – and what items you absolutely can’t live without. Knowing you have to carry these things around makes you think twice before packing the 5th pair of shorts. And you will see, you won’t even miss it! Need some general advice for packing? Check out this website for some tips!

 

But it’s not only about clothes and personal belongings. While traveling you will consume less in general. It’s way more fun to spend your money on experiences, going out and sightseeing than on new things. And once you experienced that you can live with a lot less, you can implement it in your daily life at home. With less items taking away your attention, you are left with more energy to focus on everything that truly brings you joy.

 

  1. You will learn how awesome you are

A lot of the plans you have and make while traveling will not work out. Maybe better things happen instead. Maybe not. But you will see that you are okay, whatever situation you are confronted with. There’s always the next stop on the road, new people to meet and new adventures waiting for you. Seeing that you can handle all the situations traveler’s life throws at you will give your confidence an extra boost.

 

  1. You learn to take care of your health

There are numerous studies that show vacations are good for your physical and mental health. One study for example showed that there is a direct connection between annual travelling and all-cause mortality. Another study deals with the correlation between depression and vacation among women in Wisconsin, USA. Women who took vacations at least twice a year were less prone to depression and tension.

Traveling for better health? Sounds good to me!

 

  1. You learn to live in the moment

When traveling, you don’t know what the next moment will bring. You are forced to live in the now, to enjoy the places you visit, to concentrate on the people you meet. In everyday life it is so easy to worry about the last test you weren’t good at or the assignment that is due next week. Our thoughts often drift to events in the past or future taking our focus away from the now. While traveling, you realize how valuable the events of the present are. You can let yourself be surprised by the happenings of the future and use all your energy to enjoy the fascinating beauty of the present moment. This skill is not to underestimate in your life back home. It will make your studies, your job and relationships a lot better.

 

  1. You learn to appreciate home

Coming home after some time abroad allows you to see things differently and to implement all the amazing things you learned while traveling. So you are not only getting to know new places. You will get to know and worship your home country, friend circle and family even more.“

This quote by Terry Pratchet sums it up perfectly:

 

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.“

 

So what are you waiting for? Go abroad in the upcoming winter holidays and enjoy all the amazing benefits traveling brings along.

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