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  1. Only 1 in 5 young people are job hoppers

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    New generation, new career model? Not entirely. Our Millennials are definitely not the job hoppers people often consider them to be. Only 1 in 5 wish to regularly switch employers during the course of their career. Apart from this, expectations are very high despite the difficult economic climate. Young people mainly dream of becoming autonomous, opportunities for further training and education and a good work/life balance. By contrast, they are not prepared to be particularly flexible themselves and they expect a high salary, as well as overtime pay. Last but not least, they are taking control of their own careers but, at the same time, they also want their employers to offer them promotion prospects right from the start.

  2. EASI and Torfs are Belgium’s Best Workplaces 2015

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    EASI and Torfs are number 1 in the top 10 of Belgium’s Best Workplaces 2015. The high rankings obtained by the two companies are mainly due to their employee satisfaction levels. This is because the result of this annual, large-scale study by Vlerick Business School in collaboration with the Great Place to Work® Institute Belgium and media partner Jobat is based on an employee survey which determines two-thirds of the final score.

  3. Market for buying and selling Belgian businesses is on the rise

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    The investment climate both for buying and selling Belgian SMEs improved further in 2014, a year that also saw an increase in the number of businesses for sale and the number of interested buyers. “Far more capital was available in 2014”, explains Miguel Meuleman, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Business School. ‘The crisis that inhibited the market is also behind us. Lastly, businesses that made it through the crisis with good figures are easier to sell.’ But there is also a downside. Tougher competition and an increase in prices mean that investors are finding it increasingly difficult to make good deals and achieve a high return. Expectations for 2015 are ultimately optimistic.

  4. Employees want more flexibility with benefits

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    In general, benefits are fairly well aligned in terms of supply and demand. The leading benefits are pensions, hospitalisation insurance, meal vouchers and training. Green measures and childcare are rare, and opportunities for working from home could also be improved. The most striking conclusion is that people want greater flexibility. This does not only mean choices and the alignment of benefits with personal circumstances, but also flexibility as to how the bonus is paid out. Finally, it appears that understanding of benefits is lower than it should be.

  5. Top European salaries: the gap between countries is widening

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    In continental Europe, the best-paid CEOs can be found in Germany. Belgium and France pay less. Dutch companies are the most economical. In the past three years, Europe has continued to moderate executive pay, a trend which began in 2007. In general, the level of executive salaries is mainly dependent on the size of the company, followed by the country where the company is based. The composition of remuneration packages has hardly changed. Finally, we have noted that the trend towards corporate social responsibility and sustainability has not yet really been reflected in the criteria that determine variable pay. These are the most important conclusions of the annual research into top salaries by the Executive Remuneration Research Centre at Vlerick Business School.

  6. Belgian healthcare in need of change and improvement

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    Healthcare is on the brink of a revolution – or should we say an evolution? A recent white paper by the Vlerick Healthcare Management Centre at Vlerick Business School has identified four trends that are set to fundamentally change the healthcare sector, allowing for more efficiency. However, investments remain a must.

  7. Belgian bosses should devote more attention to coaching

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    If you want motivated, driven employees on board, you need good managers. But what do employees really think of their boss and what do they expect, in concrete terms? Vlerick Business School, HR service provider Attentia and media partner Jobat asked 1,746 Belgian employees these questions. It seems that things could be better. “First and foremost, employees want a boss who coaches them and helps them to become better and to advance. And that coaching role is what managers often seem to find difficult”, explains Vlerick professor Koen Dewettinck.

  8. Belgium slips one place in the World Economic Forum 2014 ranking

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    In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, Belgium has slipped one place in the global ranking, making Belgium the 18th most competitive country in the world. As the Belgian partner in the annual WEF ranking of most competitive countries, Vlerick Business School is responsible for the survey of Belgian business managers. The ranking is based on an extensive survey of more than 14,000 business managers in 144 countries, combined with various objective data measuring each country’s competitive strength.

  9. A good work/life balance is the responsibility of both the employer and the employee

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    These days, more and more people are struggling to achieve a good work/life balance. New developments at work as well as in the personal arena are creating new challenges. In addition, social media makes everything public and puts pressure on you to have a seemingly perfect life. However, experiencing a sense of balance both at work and at home greatly affects your general quality of life. The doctorate by Sara De Hauw reveals that it is mainly the interplay between the employer and the employee which is essential when seeking initiatives which aim to improve the work/life balance.

  10. Belgian growth companies display conservative approach to acquisitions

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    EY and Vlerick Business School have published the first Belgian edition of the M&A Barometer. This shows that Belgian growth companies made fewer acquisitions in 2013 than in any year since 2009. Although over six out of ten companies consider acquisitions useful, only half have dared to take the plunge in the last three years. This conservative attitude distinguishes Belgian acquirers from their counterparts in the rest of Europe.

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