An evolving mind-set

previous icon Lison has also found that people’s attitudes towards their careers have changed. He says, “People want to have a balance between their private life and corporate life. Interestingly, some companies are facing a change in culture. In the past, they were focussed on getting certain results every quarter. Now, a lot of people are more interested in companies that are able to establish longer-term thinking. They want companies that have sound values: not only financial benefits, but also fostering people, helping them to develop, and so on. There’s a kind of duality between mobility and long-term thinking, which is very important to the new generation.”

Amrop Enjoys Change

This is already having a significant effect on Amrop’s operations. Lison confirms this, “There’s an important evolution, in the sense that in the mid-2000s, company cultures were short term and financially oriented. There was a dominance of the companies towards their employees: ‘Work hard, or you won’t get your bonus.’ There has been a tremendous change in the mind-set of the people. Companies are defining their budget and targets but, on the other side, candidates are also managing their personal lives and careers in an active way.”

“They have developed a far more project-oriented mind-set: ‘I’m working for this company, and I have an interesting project.’ When that’s not the case anymore: ‘Okay, I’ll look for another project.’ This can be within the company or in another environment. And it’s not only younger people - everyone is dealing in a more active way with career planning. This means we will probably go to a more project-oriented relationship between companies and associates. A company needs to define interesting projects to be able to retain their associates and motivate them to stay for the long run.”

Lison sees an opportunity for Amrop to pair the right candidates with these projects. He says, “This is why I established the pro-active concept. We do not only want to speak when there is an opportunity. Rather, let’s establish a relationship and later, when we have an opportunity in line with someone’s ambitions, then we can speak about it.”

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