Vlerick Expertise in Human Resource Management


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  1. Future House of Rewards

    Link between salary and seniority should be time-limited

    The wage pressure in Belgium, i.e. the salary tension between younger and older employees, is one of the highest in Europe. On average, 55-year-old employees earn 45% more than their 30-year-old colleagues doing the same job. Furthermore, we are living longer so our working lives are also longer. Consequently, a new wage structure is required, based on a mix of experience, performance and flexible rewards. That is what Professor Xavier Baeten, researcher Saïd Loyens (Vlerick Business School) and Bert De Greve (Hudson) propose in a white paper that offers a fresh perspective on the future house of rewards.

  2. Executive Remuneration

    The best performing companies pay their CEOs relatively less

    Between 2014 and 2016, over 70% of the CEOs of Bel 20 and Bel Mid companies received a salary increase compared to a mere 46% in the smaller listed companies. The increase was the largest in the Bel 20 companies and was mainly due to variable remuneration. When the actual market data, the size, sector and profitability are taken into account, the German and English CEOs are overpaid. In stark contrast to that is the conclusion that CEOs in the best performing companies are paid relatively less and that the so-called pay ratio (the ratio of the remuneration for the CEO and the average employee) is also considerably lower in these companies.

  3. Young graduates

    The talent of the future: what do graduates expect from an employer?

    Every year, around 4.7 million graduates take their first steps on the European labour market. As for businesses: they are always looking for suitable, qualified candidates. Moreover, the competition for available talent is increasing as the baby boom generation retire in the years ahead. Employers who wish to bring the most talented young people on board – and retain them – will therefore do well to gain insights into their expectations and ambitions. Our Centre for Excellence in Strategic Talent Management has conducted its tenth survey of the expectations of young people who are entering the labour market for the first time.

  4. HR Barometer 2016

    For the second time in a row Hudson and Vlerick Business School mapped the trends and challenges for HRM at leading Belgian companies by way of an HR Barometer. The HR managers of the largest Belgian profit organisations (in terms of staff numbers) and the Bel 20 organisations were invited to participate in an online survey. Some 46 organisations from a diversity of sectors participated in the survey, together representing more than 150,000 workers employed in Belgium. This year, leadership development was the main focus of the HR Barometer.

  5. HR Barometer

    Recruitment and selection are the main performance indicators for HR departments in Belgium

    The main priorities of Belgian human resources departments are still leadership development, recruitment & selection and talent management. This is evident from the third successive annual HR Barometer study by the HR consultancy firm Hudson and Vlerick Business school. This year, the HR Barometer study examined the impact of Belgian personnel policy on the organisation in greater depth.

  6. 4 myths about employee engagement

    In the recent years of economic crisis and the growing rate of burn-out, employee engagement has become a hot topic in the minds of people managers. High levels of employee engagement have been linked to several positive outcomes, such as lower absenteeism, improved performance, proactive and innovative employee behaviour, and financial profit. Considering the many benefits of employee engagement, the question as to how it can be enhanced is of great interest to people managers and organisations as a whole. Unfortunately, people hold various misunderstandings about which initiatives can increase this engagement. We’ve tried to clear up 4 myths to help you engage your employees.

  7. Executive L&D Report

    A comprehensive survey in which 350 executives and managers from 13 countries participated in 2016 to identify what separates Executive Learning & Development (Executive L&D) champions from challengers and novices.

  8. Cranet - trends in HR management

    Belgian HR managers more often involved in business strategy

    Belgian HR managers are increasingly becoming strategic business partners in companies. Furthermore, businesses are recruiting fewer external
    people for this position. When assessing staff performance, companies still predominantly prefer the traditional interview. Remuneration is increasingly based on individual performance. Coaching and mentoring are on the way up as methods for furthering the growth and development of staff. And finally, recruitment through job advertisements has shown a downward trend.

  9. Belgian, Dutch and Swedish CEOs earn less than their German, French and British colleagues

    The two key factors that determine the remuneration allocated to CEOs are the country in which his or her company is located and its size. The CEOs of listed companies in the UK and Germany earn the most, while Belgian, Dutch and Swedish CEOs receive relatively less. The composition of the remuneration packages allocated is also prone to significant differences: the variable portion is relatively high in Germany, the Netherlands and particularly in the UK; in Belgium, France and Sweden this is significantly lower. Additionally, this study revealed that those companies that perform best do not necessarily pay their CEOs a higher salary; they make more frequent use of share-related remuneration.

  10. Half of all Belgian employees do not know how much supplementary pension they receive

    Although the importance of a supplementary pension has gradually become widely understood, the amount of the annual employer contribution is greatly overestimated. More than one employee in two (54%) has no idea what contribution their employer pays into this so-called second pillar. More and clearer communication becomes in this way an important attention point. This communication employees want above all digitally and via a single central platform. This is the lesson of a survey by Vlerick Business School and AG Insurance.

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