Jupiler League and TenCate synthetic grass fields

TenCate was chosen by the Jupiler League as a vendor of synthetic grass for football fields only a few years way back.
It was big news from many perspectives, first of all, Dutch professional football was choosing synthetic turf instead of natural grass. Would other countries follow?

Secondly, the system that was chosen is the innovative matrix system from TenCate. This new system is based on a patented weaving technology as opposed to tufted techniques.
This is the first official synthetic turf system that combines optimal performance for players with sustainability, the pitches are fully recyclable. Continue reading Jupiler League and TenCate synthetic grass fields

Human Resources Start-ups and Small Businesses

Séverine Lemoine is an experienced HR manager. She had accumulated experiences working in a variety of companies either at HR departments or companies providing HR services. Working as an HR consultant today, she accompanies small and medium businesses to build and develop an HR culture and policy that corresponds to future stakes of the company: personnel and payroll administration, social environment, legal procedures, coaching and audit.
The Startup Atelier (TSA) had a pleasant time with Séverine discussing ABC’s of Human Resources for Start-ups. She answered my questions on various topics for HR in France and SMEs. Here is what I gathered.
The Startup Atelier (TSA): Could you say a few words about your activity?
Séverine Lemoine (SL): We help SMEs to develop HR expertise and to ensure social and administrative monitoring. Even though HR axis is sometimes forgotten in SMEs, it is, in fact, a true occupation. There are all kinds of subtle details especially with recent frequent changes in laws and regulations. Companies can be easily sanctioned if legal follow-ups and social fees are not applied properly leading to serious consequences which can be quite important for enterprise economics.
We assisted a relatively small start-up to develop an interactive solution for their educational programs in the US. Their HR implications were not significant but as their products will reach bigger audiences, their HR systems must be in correct order. And that’s where we come in.

TSA: There are multiple choices for hiring staff in France, from CDI (permanent contract) to CDD (limited time contract). CDI is not very popular when we have our heads in the sand trying to build the company with lots of ambiguities in near future. Therefore, many opt-in for more flexible choices such as CDD and freelances. What are the points to take into account when start-ups engage in such solutions?
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The Modern Annual Report: DSM, Philips, TenCate, Unit4

The structure, content an design of Annual Reports has changed dramatically over the past years. Instead of dry documents full of financial data, reports now have become powerful and well-designed communication tools including non-financial data as well. Internet and mobile technology, benchmarking rankings and the need to stand out in the crowded marketplace influenced this remarkable change for better communication.

In these times of social media, when everybody with an internet connection can spread every kind of financial or business information, companies have to address the growing need to influence the perceptions of various groups. It is no wonder the annual report has become an important communications means. Thanks to the internet, the modern annual report has become a document that reaches out to thousands of readers and is the most direct and controlled method of shaping the perceptions of various audiences and stakeholders Continue reading The Modern Annual Report: DSM, Philips, TenCate, Unit4

How to keep a gratitude journal

Purchase a journal or notebook with lined pages. A simple way to make each journal unique to the individual is to make a collage from magazine cutouts on the front cover of an inexpensive scribbler. The theme of “things I’m grateful for” can be used in the decorating process: family photos, recipes, favorite sayings, fabric swatches or a child’s drawing.

Write down five things they are grateful for each day. This can be done anytime, at work, school or home or at all three. It is recommended in that you keep your journal by your bedside and write in it each night before going to sleep.
There are many things to be grateful for:
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VDL Groep-Family-Owned Business Sustainable Growth

VDL Groep is one of the most powerful family-owned businesses in The Netherlands. It is a global industrial and manufacturing company that focuses on producing, innovating and marketing semi-finished products, buses, and coaches and finished products.
An interview with the Corporate Communication Department about the leadership of Wim van der Leegte and the involvement of the new generation and working culture.

What is the VDL Group’s DNA?
VDL Groep is an international industrial company focused on the development, production, and sale of semi-finished products, cars, buses & coaches, and other finished products. It is a conglomerate of flexible, independent companies, each with its own specialty. The common thread found throughout the operations is the combination of metal and technology. Since the founding in 1953, this family-owned business has grown to include 82 operating companies, spread over 18 countries, with more than 8,700 employees. The strength of the VDL Groep lies in the mutual cooperation between the companies.
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