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How the virtual Christmas party in the company becomes a success

In all articles by Christoph Drebes

Reading time: 5 minutes Due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions, the classic Christmas party has fallen flat. For many employees this is quite disappointing: Many were looking forward to socializing at a seasonal company event. There are alternatives however, virtual Christmas parties can also be a fun way to strengthen team spirit. Ultimately, all of this contributes to greater loyalty to …

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The Home Office: Digital Exchange Facilitates Effective Collaboration

In all articles by Corinna Drebes

One thing has been clear: The Covid-19 crisis has fundamentally changed the way we work. Particularly, there has been a drastic shift toward remote working; as several companies have already announced, many employees will be able to work from home effective immediately or in the near future. With the loss of office-facilitated physical connections a new threat arises: the loss …

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#StayAtHome – 5 ways to network in your home office

In all articles by Charlotte Volk

Maybe you are sitting at your desk, the kitchen table, or perhaps even in bed? Covid-19 has created a new normal where everybody stays at home as much as possible. When you first switched to working from home, the idea may have sounded quite appealing for the first few weeks. However, many people have found it more and more challenging …

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Locked-in at home? Meet new colleagues with Mystery Coffee

In all articles by Elisabeth Schuller

Drinking coffee with colleagues is a highlight of the day for many people. However, with the advent of the coronavirus crisis, we can no longer carry on with our lives as we used to. For those of us with the ability to work from home, we can no longer cross paths with our coworkers – not to mention meet new …

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Lunch breaks – combining networking and relaxation

In all articles by Corinna Drebes

There’s a reason why networking is considered a factor for success: having good connections facilitates career advancement. And employers also benefit when their employees get talking to each other. In day-to-day life, lunch breaks are a great time to build contacts. More and more companies are aware of this fact and support their staff in expanding their personal networks, for …

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Taking advantage of the diversity bonus

In all articles by Christoph Drebes

Companies can significantly benefit from a diversity bonus. In order to do this, they need to bring together professionals with diverse backgrounds and diverse mindsets. When it comes to selecting the right people for teams and projects and to making meaningful connections, a long-term strategy helps. It is primarily Human Resources’ responsibility.  Until only a few years ago, a high …

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The IT department as a driver of digitization

In all articles by Stefan Melbinger

Businesses need to work increasingly collaboratively and across departments to unlock the potential of digitization. Personal exchange and communication play a decisive role here. Information technology is turning into a central hub for revolutionary changes. IT departments have to reorient themselves accordingly. They become the designers of transformation and new business processes.  Digitization requires collaboration between colleagues across departments and …

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Interview with Dr. Jens Braak, physicist and owner of a management consultancy, on the topic of “Coincidences as a success factor”

In all articles by Christoph Drebes

“He who invites coincidences opens the door to luck” For Dr. Jens Braak, coincidences are a crucial part of career success. It is true that one cannot quantify the likelihood of lucky coincidences. But that’s not important for him either. Much more important is that one can invite luck if one is aware of the random factor. For the Mystery …

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Technology alone is not enough – the digital world needs human contact

In all articles by Corinna Drebes

In the beginning, everyone saw it through the rose-colored glasses. Digitalisation opens up many new possibilities in everyday working life. However, more and more people find the dominance of technology disturbing. Especially because personal communication suffers as a result. Executives have a special responsibility when it comes to achieving a good balance between digital and personal exchange. Does technology help …

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Mystery Minds releases new solutions to humanize the digital world

In all articles by Elisabeth Schuller

Enabling personal exchange and dismantling silos – these are the goals associated with Mystery Lunch. The platform for “blind dates” during lunch, however, was just the beginning. The company, founded four years ago as a start-up, is taking the next step: it is now operating under the name Mystery Minds GmbH and presents a new portfolio of tools. These bring …

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“Women in leadership positions show macho posturing for what it really is”

In all articles by Martin Scheuplein

Employees are the most important resource at a company’s disposal – at least, that’s the official line. In reality, organisations are frequently dominated by an arrogance of power that leaves many employees reeling. According to Professor Stephan Laske, board member of German change management firm Transformation Management AG (TMAG), the guiding principle “Rank always wins” leads to a form of …

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Mystery Lunch goes on an HR Roadshow all across Germany

In all articles by Christoph Drebes

Talent management is the topic of the hour. This is a great opportunity for HR professionals whose expertise is more in demand than ever. But they need the right technology to unleash their potential. At the HR Roadshow, a joint series of events organized by the Bundesverband Deutsche Startups (BVDS) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung (DGFP), current HR developments …

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Employee Engagement Summit in London: Do you inspire your employees – or settle for simply motivating them?

In all articles by Christoph Drebes

Employee engagement is about more than motivation. It’s about creating a network of colleagues who strive for the company’s goals. It’s about dissolving hierarchies for the good of the entire organisation, and it’s about genuine inspiration. These aspects and more were the subject of lively debates at the Employee Engagement Summit in London in May 2018, where experts from Spotify, …

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Internal Communication: Networks for Improved Employee Motivation

In all articles by Corinna Drebes

For most leaders, “internal communication” is first and foremost about anchoring the strategic goals and messages of the company in their employees’ minds. But “good communication” is about so much more: the exchange of ideas amongst peers, the networking of employees and a value-oriented company culture. All of these factors play a massive role in an organisation’s capability for innovation. …

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Work 4.0: A Threat to the Labour Force or a Space for Creativity Without Borders?

In all articles by Stefan Melbinger

Work 4.0: A Threat to the Labour Force or a Space for Creativity Without Borders?  Big data, robotics, artificial intelligence – all of these are technologies with the potential to permanently change our working world. The concept of “Work 4.0” plays a central role in this conversation. While many associate it with a fear of widespread job loss, others embrace …

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Mystery Lunch at REDBLUE – A chance to see the bigger picture

In all articles by Elisabeth Schuller

This article appeared originally on the website of redblue Marketing GmbH and has been republished here with the company’s consent. Mystery Lunch at redblue – A chance to see the bigger picture Mystery Lunch provides a way for colleagues who wouldn’t usually have chance to talk to come together and network over lunch – and it was an idea that …

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From a “Work-Life Balance” to Genuine Fulfilment in Life

In all articles by Corinna Drebes

Work-life balance is a key consideration for the average employee – yet the concept itself is a questionable one. Is a strict demarcation between “work” and “life” really the most meaningful way of addressing the subject? In reality, “work time” is also part of our lives – and arranging the two in the way that suits us best is a …

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Interview with Judith Quint, HR Development at the German Insurance Group Barmenia Versicherungen, on the Use of the Mystery Lunch Solution in Her Organisation

In all articles by Christoph Drebes

“A tool for seeing the bigger picture and strengthening corporate culture.” Barmenia Versicherungen is one of Germany’s largest independent insurance funds. As one of the Wuppertal region’s biggest employers, it employs more than 1,500 employees at its Wuppertal location and more than 3,400 employees across the country as a whole. Employees’ ability to successfully reconcile work and family life is …

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“Companies need someone to play the role of matchmaker”

In all articles by Martin Scheuplein

Collaboration is a key concept of the modern business world. Whether we’re talking about the development of new products, change projects or internal business processes, success is largely dependent on effective collaboration between employees. Management consultancy cinco.systems is committed to the guidance and development of people, organisations and collaborative relationships at an international level, and co-owner Michael Thiel has over …

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Social Intranet: Personal contacts form the basis for virtual networking

In all articles by Corinna Drebes

Strategically connecting employees, managing knowledge, optimizing communication: In times of digital transformation, companies associate a series of eminently important goals with a social intranet. In particular, change projects should be implemented more successfully – today a decisive basis for securing future viability. In practice, however, many initiatives that sought to make social collaboration possible have failed. Companies have to do …