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The planned upgrade of healthcare services in Greece will certainly bolster its image as a safe destination, particularly for health, recovery and rehabilitation tourism, but also as a retirement destination, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers Greece CEO Marios Psaltis.

From cautionary tale to paradigm, Greece to benefit from improved reputation

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The efficiency and flexibility demonstrated by the Greek administration from the start of the coronavirus outbreak has generated a new sense of confidence in the country and helped build relationships of trust both within and beyond its borders

It is new to scientists and to our bodies, and innovation is required not only to defeat COVID-19 but to heal our wounded workforce. That’s where diversity comes in. Diversity is fundamental to innovation and creativity.  Cognitive diversity – the numerous ways people think and carry their varied experiences – offers a spectrum of perspectives that can help organizations navigate this unprecedented economic and health collapse.

4 opportunities to open up on diversity after the coronavirus

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Some may argue that a global pandemic is not the time to discuss workplace diversity and inclusion as an imperative for organizations; that there are more pressing issues facing our world

Psychologist Albert Mehrabian is famously quoted as having said that 93 percent of all communication is non-verbal. To be more exact, his research showed that when words and non-verbal cues, such as body language, don’t match, people refer to the actual words spoken to decode the message only 7 percent of the time.

How to Handle Video Negotiations

By: EBR | Monday, May 4, 2020

With so many of us confined at home to stop the spread of COVID-19, it is fortunate that much economic activity, from buying groceries to banking services, can be carried online

In our increasingly interlinked world, collective action is now needed more than then ever to combat global problems and propel us towards the resolutions we desperately need. If the answers are out there, how can we discover them, and capitalize on a global pool of skills, energy and knowledge?

The entrepreneurs bringing us one step closer to solving the world’s toughest challenges

By: EBR | Monday, May 4, 2020

The world faces an unprecedented set of challenges, from a global pandemic and rampant income inequality, to man-made climate change and the destruction of natural ecosystems

COVID-19 is a catalyst for change – and it’s a change employees are thirsty for. Trapped by low productivity and declining margins, many business models struggled to create space for innovation leaving employees frustrated.

How companies and employees can make their best coronavirus comeback

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Survivalists know the importance of two key traits: preparedness and resilience. And so it is with companies

According to the UN Refugee Agency, every minute in 2018, some 25 people had to flee their homes. Across the world, there were 71 million people forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.

Seven Lessons From Refugees Who Became Entrepreneurs

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The inspiring stories of four people who relaunched their career from scratch

One effective approach to preventing miscommunication is by having a “culture of feedback”. This is a work environment in which constructive feedback happens often and frequently, and not just during performance reviews.

Why remote working doesn’t have to mean alienated employees

By: EBR | Thursday, April 16, 2020

Many of us are now living in the largest distributed workforce experiment ever, with millions of employees around the world becoming remote workers practically overnight

“If people are being expected to act, they need to be guided and supported and businesses have an amazing capacity through their brands, and their links with customers to connect with people and to support them as they are forming solidarity groups in their communities.”

COVID-19: What Every Business Can Do to Help

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 14, 2020

How large corporations, SMEs and society can work together during this time of crisis

Top start-ups may be a critical resource for recovery, providing quick solutions where they’re needed most.

How Corporates Can Leverage Start-ups Against COVID-19

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has led to massive disruptions in all industries, with travel, hospitality and automakers among the hardest hit

When the scale of COVID-19 became clear, good boards conducted candid and comprehensive discussions about whether the incumbent CEO and other senior executives were fit to lead the organisation through the unprecedented crisis.

Seven Questions for Corporate Boards Navigating COVID-19

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A guide to steering companies effectively through the crisis and beyond

Survey reveals that in the transition to remote working, the technology is fine but the organisation needs help.

What Newly Remote Teams Need, Right Now

By: EBR | Friday, April 3, 2020

Most remote working prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was either a perk for a lucky few, or a peculiarity – something that call centres and a few tech start-ups could offer to all their employees

Even for long-established teams, moving from physical to virtual is a game-changer.

The Three Main Challenges of Remote Working

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 31, 2020

COVID-19 has forced us to adopt large-scale remote working with far less preparatory time than any of us would expect or want

Within the EU, we have already seen the ECB launch a new  Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme representing over 7% of GDP, a €37 billion “Corona Response Investment Initiative” from the European Commission, and liquidity support schemes by member states covering up to 13% of euro area GDP, according to the Eurogroup.

Support for business to ensure this economic crisis is short-lived

By: EBR | Thursday, March 26, 2020

Even by the standards of the 2008 financial crisis, the economic policy response by governments and central banks across the globe to the present crisis has been rapid and dramatic

Emissions reductions caused by economic downturns tend to be temporary — and can lead to emissions growth as economies attempt to get back on track. After the global financial crisis of 2008, for example, global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production grew 5.9% in 2010, more than offsetting the 1.4% decrease in 2009.

Can low-carbon investments help economies recover from coronavirus?

By: EBR | Friday, March 20, 2020

COVID-19 is having a big affect on the global economy, but green investment could help

Too many starving or obese people around the world combined with often wasteful food production without regard for climate considerations all add up to a food system that “serves neither the people nor the planet”. Aligning business models to improve nutrition and provide sustainable food systems, using artificial intelligence (AI), is one option.

Collaboration Unlocks Global Health Solutions

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Business is a force for good in global healthcare when partnered with academia and non-profits

In the stampede to build an AI strategy, executives fall into four main traps.

What Companies Tend to Get Wrong About AI

By: EBR | Monday, March 16, 2020

It’s almost impossible to pick up a trade journal, hear a start-up pitch or listen to a quarterly earnings call without hearing the two magic letters: AI

The intercontinental spread of a novel coronavirus in recent weeks has many businesses rushing to cloud computing, particularly work-from-home software. It is spreading thin IT consultancies that install those systems, such as Merlini’s 35-person shop, beSharp near Milan, and is also spawning extraordinary measures at the data centers that make up the “cloud.”

Working from home because of coronavirus and the impact on cloud firms

By: EBR | Monday, March 16, 2020

The spread of coronavirus has meant many businesses are rushing to cloud computing

Ecosystems have declined in size and condition by 47% globally compared to estimated baselines, and species populations have faced stark declines.

The hidden risks nature loss poses for businesses

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

As this past year’s news headlines have made all too clear, nature is in a state of emergency

An increasing number of companies are revising their policies and practices, including those relating to diversity and inclusion, human resources and accessibility, so that people with disabilities have better access to employment opportunities.

Getting people with disabilities into work requires data

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

People with disabilities – estimated to be about 15% of the world population – constitute a largely untapped pool of talent in the labour market. And they face a high risk of being marginalized further as the world of work undergoes rapid transformations, including technological developments, climate change and demographic shifts

The workplace is rapidly becoming a more flexible construct. In the UK, for example, more than 1.5 million people work from home full-time, nearly twice as many as ten years ago.

Are Offices Obsolete?

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The COVID-19 epidemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities of the traditional physically co-located office, forcing many Asian companies to work remotely. However, a small but growing number of tech companies are intendedly going “all-remote”. They may well be harbingers of the future of work

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