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Switzerland Remains in Lofty HDI Position in New Report

Switzerland Remains in Lofty HDI Position in New Report

Switzerland has maintained its place at the top of the Human Development Index in 2019, ranked in 2nd place behind only Norway for the second year running, and ahead of Ireland, Germany and Hong Kong.

According to SwissInfo, the list, released by the United Nations Development Programme, measures progress in three areas of human development: a long and healthy life, which is measured by life expectancy, access to knowledge, measured by mean years of education per capita and a decent standard of living, calculated through gross national income (GNI) per capita.

Even by the high standards set by other countries in the “very high human development group”, such as the United States, which stands in 15th place, Switzerland still remains above average, seeing a 6.1 years increase in life expectancy, 3.7 years increase in mean time spent in education and a GNI per capita increase of 20% between 1990 and 2018.  

However, it’s not fantastic news for everyone, as the UN Development Programme has warned global inequality levels are being affected by new factors, with broadband adoption rates and adult tertiary education rates being astronomically higher among those in countries with very high human development than their less developed counterparts.

In very highly developed nations such as Switzerland, with the ever-increasing percentage of individuals in jobs requiring tertiary education and rising GNI per capita, the likelihood for absenteeism and low productivity due to stress and work related mental-health issues has never been higher. The negative outcomes that this can have on both employees’ wellbeing and organisations in terms of hours lost, means that we must take great responsibility and put steps in place to prioritise corporate wellbeing, in order to secure a beneficial outcome for all.

EMEA Recruitment have recognised this and we are currently in the process of planning exciting events in 2020 around the topic of Corporate Wellbeing. We look forward to telling you more in the New Year!

To read the original article by SwissInfo, ‘Switzerland keeps a top slot in human development’, click here

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Promotion to Director for John Byrne

Promotion to Director for John Byrne

Huge congratulations to John Byrne who, we are delighted to announce, has been promoted to Director this week.  John joined EMEA Recruitment in 2015, setting up our Procurement & Supply Chain and Operations divisions in Switzerland and taking a lead role in expanding our client base in this arena. Here he is pictured being congratulated by Managing Director, Richard Bailey.
 
He has forged strong and long-standing relationships with multinational clients, with his honest and open approach, obtaining feedback such as the following testimonial received recently:
 
“John and I had the opportunity to collaborate on recruitment related topics recently. Having the experience of being a customer of various recruitment agencies, John has been one of the most professional, customer oriented and determined professionals I had the chance to work with. Thank you for all your valuable support, John. Your contribution to our recruitment process did make a huge difference.  I hope to have the opportunity to work together with you in the near future.”
 
We have no doubt that John will continue to grow his divisions and wish him every success in his ongoing career with EMEA Recruitment. Enjoy your small bottle of wine!
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Candidate Experience Matters in the Recruitment Process

Candidate Experience Matters in the Recruitment Process

When Jacob Morgan released his book, The Employee Experience Advantage, in 2017, he brought a realisation for many about the importance of employee experience. For many companies it is now the key battle ground to attract and retain top talent.

Graeme Johnson, former HR leader at Virgin Media, speaking in Las Vegas in 2016 perfectly exemplified the cost of a bad candidate experience which for them stood at $5 million per year. We discussed this topic further with Silvina Layani, who advises companies on how to create a fabulous employee experience, and we agreed the following guidelines in regards to the candidate process:-

  • The Application: Candidates must understand the process and what to expect.
  • Communication throughout the process: Keep in touch with the candidate once they have applied. A ”black-box” process will frustrate, demotivate and detract talented individuals who will share the lack of ”human-touch” with their friends and contacts. That means communication with us, the Recruiter, so that we in turn can communicate with the candidates.
  • Interviewing: Interviewers should apply a human-touch rather than simply reading a series of questions like a robot. This is an opportunity for a ”customer conversion” and should be treated with undivided attention. It's important that interviewers sell the benefits of the company and the role.
  • Feedback: Providing feedback to candidates, even if not lengthy, will keep the experience positive and help them develop further. This will ensure that all candidates, including those who are not retained, will have a positive experience and might create positive brand advocacy in return.
At EMEA Recruitment, we do everything we can to ensure a very high level of candidate service because we understand it's important not only for our business, but for the businesses that we represent on searches. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of assistance to ensure you maintain a positive candidate experience.
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EMEA Support Winning Buchillon Yacht Club, Switzerland

EMEA Support Winning Buchillon Yacht Club, Switzerland

We would like to congratulate the Buchillon Yacht Club (BYC) and its members for a successful start of the 2019 sail racing season! EMEA Recruitment is a proud supporter of BYC - an international sailing club based in Buchillon, Switzerland. The club promotes and encourages the sport of sailing and sailboat racing.
 
June has been a fantastic month for BYC with several podium finishes:

  • Gold Medal in J70 Nordic Championship: Held in Hanko, Norway, BYC’s Fredrik Hedlund and his Agera3 Racing Team won 1st place among 33 competing teams.
  • Gold Medal in J70 Grundig Cup: Held in Oslo Norway, Agera3 Racing Team won 1st place among 11 competing teams.
  • Gold Medal in J70 Norwegian Championship: Held in Hanko, Norway, Agera3 Racing Team won 1st place among 20 competing teams.
  • Gold Medal in 5.5 Metre Hanko Race Week: Held in Hanko Norway, BYC’s Christoph Burger won 1st place in the 5.5 Metre Class together with Team New Moon.
  • Bronze Medal in Star Class World Championship: Held in Porto Cervo, Italy, BYC’s Eivind Melleby won 3rd place with his team in the highly competitive Star Class World Championship. The event saw 63 teams from 20 nations race for the Championship.

BYC has a busy sail racing calendar for the reminder of the year. Its members will participate in several national and world championships during the next few months. Best of luck from the EMEA Recruitment team!

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Happy 10 Year Anniversary!

Happy 10 Year Anniversary!

This week we say ”Congratulations” to Izabela Darmstetter, one of our Associate Directors, as she celebrates her 10 year work anniversary!
 
Izabela has been fundamental to the success and growth of EMEA Recruitment since joining in 2009, having worked with Founder, Paul Toms previously. Izabela leads numerous recruitment projects globally on behalf of our clients as well as helping to implement and deliver training and development for our Researchers, to ensure that clients and candidates can expect consistently high service levels from our new recruits, in line with our company values.
 
Many congratulations Izabela and the EMEA team looks forward to working with you for many more years to come!
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Shortlisted for Recruiter Awards

Shortlisted for Recruiter Awards

We are extremely proud and excited to have been shortlisted as Recruitment Company of the Year for the Recruiter Awards 2019! The Recruiter Awards is the UKs largest event for the entire recruitment community, recognising outstanding achievements by agencies and in-house recruiters.
 
As part of the judging process, applications were assessed on criteria including Quality of Service and Innovation - aspects on which we place a lot of emphasis - so we are thrilled to have been recognised and shortlisted for this category. The winning entry will be considered to have enhanced the recruitment industry’s reputation, which we would be delighted to be highlighted for, so we look forward to hearing the final result in May 2019.
 
We would like to thank all of the professional candidates and clients who supported us with this application, using their time to provide detailed testimonials, which have no doubt enhanced our application. Thank you!
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