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We provide added value on our blog regarding issues that concern OVB: trends in the world of work and social developments.

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How to successfully return to work after parental leave

Returning to work after parental leave is an exciting moment, but it can be a challenge. Young parents who want to return to their jobs often have many questions and uncertainties. It is particularly important that the comeback is well prepared – and that the employer supports the return through family-friendly measures and open communication.

Woman doing gymnastics exercise and laughing – Fit at work

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Fit at work: tips for more exercise in the office

Stress, lack of activity, overwork: those who take too little care of themselves and their bodies quickly end up in a negative spiral of exhaustion and physical problems. Yet it's not that difficult to do something for your fitness at work. Our expert Krystian Kwasniewski provides tips on how even small habits can make a big difference – with the right goal and mindset.

Woman with laptop on the couch – Work-life integration

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Work-life integration: The new way of balancing work and free time

Our working world is becoming more and more digital and mobile. New concepts like work-life integration are replacing the traditional work-life balance. After all, the strict separation of work and private life is difficult these days. Work-life integration goes beyond the traditional balance and creates a symbiosis between work and leisure.

Woman in pink blouse laughs into the camera – New Leadership

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New Leadership: How modern leadership styles enrich the working world

The way of working has changed dramatically over the last decades. Classical leadership methods are no longer up-to-date – instead, new leadership styles and leader competencies are becoming relevant. In the age of New Work, mobile working, and digitalisation, new leadership focuses on empowerment and personal responsibility instead of “work to rule”.

Group of laughing young people – Generation Z in the professional world

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Generation Z in the professional world: independent, creative, and digital

The first young people from Generation Z are entering the job market – and they have very different needs compared to previous generations. For Gen Z, security and professional independence are key. At the same time, the separation of work and leisure is more important than ever. This is because Gen Z strives primarily for happiness and self-realisation in their private lives.

Woman is blamed for mistakes - Positive error culture

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Positive Error Culture: Why mistakes actually make sense

Mistakes are still considered a professional no-go in many areas. In most people's minds, they stand for failure and weakness. But mistakes are absolutely human – and even useful. Because only those who allow themselves to do something wrong can learn and improve. A positive error culture moves companies forward and ensures progress.

Woman leaning at the table and looking at her mobile phone – gender pay gap

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Gender pay gap: how about gender equality in Europe?

Equality between the men and women? This is still a long way off in many countries, but some are getting there. The gender pay gap is one way of showing inequalities between women and men in a measurable way.

Colleagues in discussion – Company pension scheme

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Company pension schemes – retirement savings with your employer

Is it possible to keep the standard of living even in retirement? The state pension will probably not be sufficient to do so. Company pension schemes are one possibility or component to provide for one’s old age.s.

Man sitting in the living room – resilience

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Resilience: magic word for a successful career?

What makes a person strong and psychologically resistant? In this context, the key word "resilience” is often mentioned. The term covers certain characteristic features that make up a resilient person. In short, resilient people cope with strokes of fate or crises more quickly than people who are perceived as vulnerable.