Understanding CSR with AIESEC!

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Corporate Social Responsibility, also known as CSR, is an initiative being adopted by companies around the world. The term defines a company’s effort to somehow create a positive impact in society. This impact can come from donations to nonprofit organizations, sponsorship for social projects and volunteering initiatives for the company’s employees. It is a way for a company to strive for more than profit itself and somehow give in a positive return to society. And why do companies do this, after all?
Nowadays, consumers are more and more taking into account aspects of the organization as a whole before purchasing or standing up for a branch. This means that, more and more, things done by a company that overcome its final products are taken into account by consumers. Working with CSR and making it a public thing can positively impact an organisation’s position among the market and its buyers.
It is not only attractive to the shoppers, but also to external investors and new talents. It is pretty common to hear young people and professionals in general looking for places to work where they can see why they are working there, understanding a purpose in the job. Given that, a company that invests in CSR and that values positive initiatives is certainly a talent attractor and keeper. It influences in a more positive work atmosphere and encourages professional and personal growth to the company’s collaborators.
Besides improving the company’s image among its consumers and investors, attracting and retaining good people in a positive work environment, CSR projects are also responsible for bringing together nonprofit and for profit organizations, strengthening both sides on this relationship. It can also be an alternative source of revenue for the third sector organizations.
In AIESEC, as we value positive impact in society, we propose a way to our partners to implement social projects in their realities. PWC, one of our organisation’s global partners, currently sponsors social exchanges with AIESEC for ten young leaders from around the world, to travel to another country and volunteer there in one of our local projects, which are aligned to one of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (Find out more about the project here).
AIESEC in Switzerland is currently looking for companies who are interested in CSR partnerships, so if you are interested in implementing CSR in your company or even understanding it a little better, make sure you register here at http://bit.ly/AIESEC_4_Companies !

How AIESEC develops the skills you will need by 2020

It is a given fact that the world we live in today is not the same one we will live in tomorrow or five years from now. This constant rhythm of changes is reflected in different aspects of our lives, including career development and skills seeked by the market.

An article released by the World Economic Forum points out the Top 10 seeked skills by companies by the time we reach the year of 2020. As the top 3 we have complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity, different from 2015 when these last two were represented by coordinating with others and people management skills.

AIESEC is aware of this constant changes and the need to adapt to the younger generations that come in the organization every year. Given that, the organization works with five years visions that guide us towards specific goals. Currently, AIESEC is working for the 2020 vision and one of its statements is ” Shaping what we do around what the world needs”. So, how is AIESEC providing to the world these specific needs and skills seeked?

By developing young leaders through practical and challenging experiences.

And how is this leadership developed?

AIESEC’s leadership development is based upon the Leadership Development Model (LDM) and its four qualities: Self awareness, Empowerment others, Solution orientation and World Citizenship. Each one of these qualities is based on the following skills:

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The top one 2020 quality brought by the World Economic Forum’s article, Problem Solving, for example, is very much connected to AIESEC’s quality of being Solution Oriented and the skills of resilience, positivity and taking risks. People Management, another important skill pointed out by the article is related to the Empowering Others quality, by engaging a group of people towards one same goal, working to develop the people from the team and having an effective communication.

So, by enabling youth to develop these leadership skills, AIESEC is contributing to the needs of the near future ahead of us! Want to be a part of this and enable more young talents to develop their leadership potential?

Register at http://bit.ly/AIESEC_4_Companies

Success story: D-ploy’s growth with Global Talent

AIESEC in Switzerland was founded back in 1951, and since then, our organisation has collaborated with many companies in the country to grow their market and achieve top performances in their respective fields through our Global Talent program.

An example of our partnerships is D-ploy, a Swiss-based IT Services and Engineering Solutions company with operations across Europe, which approached AIESEC as they were looking for international talent for their offices in Switzerland, Germany and Czech Republic. We created a regional collaboration with them to ensure leadership development in all three countries, having the main point of contact here in Switzerland.

Stefanie Asberger, the Junior HR Manager, shares her experience with AIESEC’s Global Talent Program:
“We started our partnership with AIESEC a few months ago and are very satisfied with the cooperation. We requested a single point of contact from AIESEC for all our divisions and really appreciate their flexibility. During the candidate selection process, the shortlisted profiles were sent on time and the communication was always timely and clear. So far, we have onboarded two interns and are very happy with the support AIESEC has provided to D-ploy.”

Interested in growing your company through our Global Talent program? Sign up here at http://bit.ly/AIESEC_4_Companies

Effective team management leading to effective results

IMG_0141One of the key aspects that allow companies to achieve better results is effective people management. Although this responsibility is often attributed to the Human Resources department, managers and team leaders should recognize their active role on the employee’s performance, achieved results, motivation and development.

As an organization that seeks to develop leadership in its participants, AIESEC has developed Team Standards, a model for leaders to efficiently manage teams inside the organization. Check out our model below!

BUILDING
The first step of a team is building its identity. On this stage, the members get to know themselves, start bonding and understand the basic structure and activities of the area/ department.

Also, expectations are set as well as strategies and planning of the results.

On this moment, the leader has an active role in understanding his/hers members, by getting together individually with each one of them and setting personal development goals. This way, the team experience will add in results for the company and for the personal development of the individuals

PERFORMING
Now that the team members already know each other, their responsibilities and goals, it is time to perform. It is important to establish a regular routine, by having periodical team meetings, one to one meetings and activities of the team in general in moments known as “off work” (team bonding, activities, appreciations and acknowledgements of the member’s work..)

CLOSING
Once the project is reaching it’s end, it is important to elaborate a report, mentioning key results, what was achieved and what was not. It is a way to make sure information won’t’ be lost and can be passed for other areas or teams.
Also, having moments of debriefing, evaluating key learnings, next steps and the team experience as a whole.

By going through these steps, company leaders are able to understand better it’s employees and make sure talented people continue in the organization, contributing to its sustainability and long term results.

Want to know more about this theme and how to achieve better results in your company? Sign up here at http://bit.ly/AIESEC_4_Companies

An awesome summer – Debrecen, Hungary

Last summer I got the opportunity to do an internship in Hungary. AIESEC Switzerland and AIESEC Hungary did a great job and managed everything.

I was picked up from the airport and brought to my hostel room. A single room for a reasonable price. Just like what I wanted. On the next day the responsible AIESEC member, showed me around the city, helped me to open a bank account and to get a student ID.

At the end, she even brought me to my workplace. Since then time passed quite fast. I made a lot of new friends at the office. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We went out together on weekends and we had loads of fun. I tried the traditional dishes (and beverages ;)) and went sightseeing with my colleagues.

My work was great. I had a lot of responsibility, and I carried out very interesting and challenging tasks. It was a great experience! Honstly, I have never expected to have SUCH a great time.

In Conclusion, I improved my soft-skills, made new friends, developed my English-knowledge and most important, got a lot of awesome memories for the rest of my life.

-Maximilian

Hungary