New attitudes

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Ever cautious and steady, the Swiss economy is showing strength so far this year.

Swiss companies and internationals with their branch offices based locally are experiencing growth and renewed confidence. Car sales, the “canary of the economy” are improving.

And with this renewed sense of stability, the way business does business is developing and changing, and the small signs of this change are there if you search for them.

Companies are re-approaching how to attract and keep employees. We have reported on some of the best companies to work for in French-speaking Switzerland, from those offering flexible benefits, improving well-being at work, or allowing people to buy extra holidays.

This focus on the ‘human-resource’ of companies is more and more important in the management theory of how to get the most out of employees.

And changes abound further afield in the country with the exciting and ambitious zero-waste initiative that is becoming popular across Switzerland. We have also looked at strategies for responsible purchasing.

Impressively, and excitingly, Geneva has been chosen to host the secretariat of the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S).

Finally, we have seen how to get the most out of yourself in the emerging and evolving job-market, or how to apply for that dream job. But you cannot just stand still as you grow older, no matter your age or stage in life.

So things are picking up, and as always it depends too on your attitude!

We wish you a warm and satisfying spring!


Addison Holmes Addison Holmes

I am a writer and teacher. My professional focus is on teaching language skills to ESL students. My management experience in the private sector and with various international organisations has led me to specialise in teaching business English. I work to ensure that business people who need to use English as a second-language can understand, and can be understood and better express themselves in their professional field.

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