Boost talent attraction with a great employer brand

marco.pastore@barefoot-studio.beEmployee retention, Employer brand, Talents

employer brand

As the global economy picks up, there is growing concern among CEOs about finding and keeping the best talent to achieve their growth ambitions. Different surveys show that in 2014, 36% of global employers reported talent shortages, the highest percentage since 2007, and in a more recent 2015 survey, 73% of CEOs reported being concerned about the availability of key skills. So how … Read More

Team building activities just don’t work

marco.pastore@barefoot-studio.beCross-silo, Internal networking, Team building


Defining “team building” seems rather straightforward. It’s “an ongoing process that helps a work group evolve into a cohesive unit”. Yet, too many organisations confuse team building with “team fun activities” such as bungee jumping or rock climbing. These are not team building activities. They may be fun for the participants, for sure, but they don’t “build” teams. In fact, many … Read More

Good relationships foster employee well-being

marco.pastore@barefoot-studio.beCross-silo, Employee well-being, Internal networking


In early 2017 we see the growing awareness of the impact wellbeing can have on individuals, businesses and the economy. Along with that, there is a growing interest from the investment community in wellbeing as a leading indicator of financial performance and market value. Many researches during 2016 showed that organisations with effective wellbeing programmes outperform the market because high levels … Read More

What millennials really want

marco.pastore@barefoot-studio.beEmployee engagement, Millennials, Talents


Conventional wisdom holds that millennials are entitled, easily distracted, impatient, self-absorbed, lazy, and unlikely to stay in any job for long. Furthermore, they want free food, they want unlimited vacation, they want to run the company two days after they arrive. But, on the positive side, they’re also looking for purpose, feedback, and last but not least personal life balance … Read More

How to help overwhelmed employees

marco.pastore@barefoot-studio.beHyperconnectivity, Overwhelmed employee, Work-life Integration

overwhelmed employees

Too much access to information has turned us into overwhelmed employees. Nearly every company sees this phenomenon as a challenge to productivity and overall performance, but struggles to handle it. They are simplifying work in response to employees becoming overwhelmed by increasing organizational complexity, growing information overload, and a stressful 24/7 work environment. Consider some data: in one day, more … Read More

Culture and engagement in the gig economy

marco.pastore@barefoot-studio.beEmployee engagement, Gig economy

gig economy

The corporate workforce is changing, radically and rapidly, because of the increasing use of contingent freelance workers. These changes are no longer simply a distraction, they are now actively disrupting labor markets and the economy. The contingent workforce has gone global: 51% of executives plan to increase or significantly increase the use of contingent workers in the next three to … Read More

The rise of teams

marco.pastore@barefoot-studio.beCross-silo, NWoW


Fast-moving global markets and digital disruption have forced companies to innovate rapidly, adapt their products and services, and stay closer than ever to local customers. This has prompted a resurgence of interest in business organisation. Companies are decentralizing authority, moving toward product and customer centric organisations, and forming dynamic networks of highly empowered teams that communicate and coordinate activities in … Read More

ESN are ghost towns

marco.pastore@barefoot-studio.beESNs, Hyperconnectivity, Internal networking


The promise of a successful Entreprise Social Network (ESN) deployment seems very appealing to businesses: you implement a social platform for your workplace, including (detailed) employee profiles, lots of activity streams, shared documents, dedicated groups, discussion forums and microblogging facilities. You watch employees collaborate around brainstorming ideas, answering each other’s questions, discovering each other’s valuable expertise, co-creating marketing materials, sharing … Read More

How to avoid the traps of hyperconnetivity

marco.pastore@barefoot-studio.beHappiness At Work, Hyperconnectivity, NWoW


Our society demands connectivity. Through constant Facebook and Twitter updating, texting and the like the millennial generation has become all too adept at “staying in touch“. Technology has allowed us to maintain relationships. Now, not only are we able to keep in touch with old friends, but we can also work alongside people with whom we may never have the … Read More

How to make Job Sharing work

marco.pastore@barefoot-studio.beJob-sharing, NWoW, Work-life Integration


In today’s hectic business world, people try cramming as much into the work days as possible. When employees are trying to finish up all the tasks on their to-do lists, 40-hour workweeks can easily become 45, and work can begin to impinge on their leisure time. In order to take back control of their lives, some employees look to job sharing: … Read More