What Brexit means for your recruiting efforts

first_imgWhat Brexit means for your recruiting effortsInnoGames COO Michael Zillmer offers advice on securing the best talent amid uncertainty in the UKMichael ZillmerMonday 26th November 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleInnoGamesBrexit is a source of uncertainty for the EU and UK video games industries. It therefore came as little surprise that an estimated 80 percent of UK video games industry professionals supported Remain in the 2016 Referendum.Brexit does not impact InnoGames directly, as we lack a UK office. Nevertheless, it may have an indirect impact on us and other industry players in two ways.In the short run, some talents may opt to migrate to the Continent, be they UK or EU nationals, with the latter accounting for around 34 per cent of the British gaming industry workforce. At the same time, in the medium to long term, it may become more difficult to recruit EU and UK video games professionals, as potential political and administrative barriers such as visas and settled-status schemes may become a source of stress for those wanting to migrate from or to the UK.Michael Zillmer, InnoGamesCompanies looking to hire in the wake of Brexit will need to enhance and finetune their talent acquisition strategies. This will be particularly important to navigate the new administrative maze and overcome new talent’s potential apprehension. We currently employ over 400 employees from 30 different nations, so I’d like to share some practices that may prove useful in the post-Brexit reality.First, quite obviously, language matters. In 2012, just five years after our founding, we made English our official language. While the use of German was certainly not discouraged, we stopped using our native language in official internal communications. For a medium-sized company with a majority-German staff, this was no small change. Nevertheless, we knew that it was a step in the right direction: it emphasized our intention to grow internationally, and it drove the point that we were consciously adapting to our international staff’s circumstances, not the other way around.Second, a smooth transition for quickly settling in is paramount. To us, it meant transforming our human resources department into a year-round welcome and support team for international colleagues, providing assistance on issues such as moving logistics to Germany, getting a visa, registration with the local city administration, opening a bank account, and even selecting local school and day-care options for children.”It is imperative games companies prepare for a reality in which the prospect of working in the innovative UK economy may no longer be enough to woo the best employees” For example, we recently hired a Brazilian game designer and took care of every administrative and logistical arrangement for his move; all he had to do was get on a plane to Hamburg and start working. In addition, we started offering a company flat for the first few months in Hamburg, followed by dedicated support for finding affordable long-term accommodation in the city, including help booking flat viewings.Third, understanding the local language enhances cross-cultural bonds and integration in people’s new surroundings, even if German is not necessary at work and English is more than enough in a cosmopolitan city like Hamburg. We offer our international colleagues German classes at work free of charge. Crucially, we also extend this benefit to their partners.Similarly, non-native English speakers can attend English language classes at no cost. Furthermore, we organize free cultural activities for new staff and their families so that they get acquainted with the local sights, culture, and the German way of life in general.Finally, having professionals well settled in their new city is of little use if integration at work is lacking. In this sense, there is an unmistakable visual statement welcoming new employees – German and international – to InnoGames: a wall with the photos of every employee. We also offer an onboarding program customised to every new recruit’s individual circumstances and professional background.You can also regularly organise informational meetings and company presentations to foster transparency and to share relevant information. We throw welcome parties for new colleagues and host a series of company events – e.g. after-work get-togethers, summer and holiday parties, St. Patrick’s Day and many more – to foster networking and teambuilding.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games While EU leaders have approved Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, there is still resistance in the UK Parliament ahead of its vote next month, so we know that there is no discernible end in sight to the uncertainty unleashed by Brexit. Nevertheless, it is imperative that video games companies start preparing for a reality in which the mere prospect of working in the innovative UK economy may no longer be enough to woo the best employees.Overt, targeted efforts to highlight employment opportunities, minimize concerns, and create an attractive benefits framework can make a difference in attracting, retaining, and incentivising the best and most talented. Our experience shows that quite some steps have to be made, but in the end, this is the only reasonable way to attract the best and most talented people. If you have jobs news to share or a new hire you want to shout about, please contact us on [email protected] employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesMTG increases investment in InnoGames, forms new holding companyGamingCo will include MTG’s entire gaming business, including KongregateBy Rebekah Valentine 5 months agoForge of Empires reaches €500m in lifetime revenueInnoGames’ strategy title brought in over €250m in the last two yearsBy Rebekah Valentine A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

“City of darkness” no longer – AfDB supported electricity project lights…

first_imgFunded through a combination of a grant from the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional financing window of the Bank, and a concessional loan from the ADF-administered Transition Support Facility, the distribution project has lit up government offices, hotels, and factories and helped to power public services such as water, health and educational institutions. Of the 20,000 ‘last-mile’ domestic and commercial consumers targeted in the project about 6,131 have so far been connected to the grid. Juba, the capital of South Sudan, hasn’t had a stable and reliable electricity supply since South Sudan’s independence in 2011 and has always suffered from regular blackouts. The Juba Power Distribution System Rehabilitation and Expansion Project is the Bank’s first energy operation in South Sudan and follows years of conflict in the country. The rehabilitation of the electricity sector will unlock economic potential to spur growth and development. The upgrade of the network will gradually be rolled out to other cities and eventually connected to neighbouring countries. Picture credit: African Development Bank. Hizkias continued: “Now we rely on public electricity brought to us by this new network. We don’t experience random damages to our machines anymore and things are working easier. We are making more savings and expanding production.” “It was an embarrassment for Juba, the seat of government, not to have reliable electricity. Juba was once referred to as the city of darkness. This project has changed that and given the city a facelift. The network is reaching the common people, and it has improved small businesses and rejuvenated commercial activities,” said Jacob Deng, Director General, Planning and Projects at the South Sudan Electricity Corporation. Generation Related news:Juba distribution upgrade to get five customer service centresWorld Bank forecasts favourable economic outlook for South SudanSouth Sudan’s emerging power sector “It has also improved security,” he added. “Many businesses now stay open till late as a result of improved security. This is one of the best projects in the country.” Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector center_img UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development The network was partially commissioned by the Bank and the South Sudan government in November 2019. The installation has helped to restore electricity supply in the Central Business District of Juba. Street lamps light up most thoroughfares to ease the movement of traffic and pedestrians and help prevent crime. “Our company used to rely on a 1,500kVA generator and spent an average of $75 a day on diesel. We bought 45,000 litres of diesel monthly,” says Araya Hizkias, the owner of the Juba-based Aquana Water Company. TAGSdistribution networkselectrificationSouth Sudan Previous articlePan-African businessman completes 100kW solar mini-grid in ZimbabweNext articleGlobal growth in renewable power capacity remains slow, not stagnant Claire Volkwyn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy BRICS The project, due to be completed at the end of  2020, will consist of a 145km medium voltage distribution line, a 250km low voltage distribution line and the installation of 145 new transformers. At least a total of 20,000 domestic and commercial consumers will be connected, with access to five new customer service centres. “We used to light candles and other alternate energy sources. Most people who could afford them, owned generators. The disturbing noise of generators could be heard from many homes and business. We now have enough power for our appliances and businesses have picked up,” said Adak Costa Mapuor, another resident. The African Development Bank’s $38 million Juba Power Distribution System Rehabilitation and Expansion Project is almost completed according to a release by the bank. “The electricity supply situation in Juba was very bad. It comprised a small grid of 6MW covering parts of Juba. Demand was very high. Things are better now, covering more households. Work is still ongoing, but those connected so far are very happy,” said Michael Wani Aringo, a project engineer who has lived in Juba for 10 years.last_img read more

Woman dead after possible shark attack off Maine coast, officials say

first_imgramihalim/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Officials are investigating a possible deadly shark attack Monday off the coast of Maine. If confirmed, it could be the first fatal shark attack ever recorded in the state.The Maine Department of Marine Resources said Monday evening that the Maine Marine Patrol is investigating the death of a swimmer in Harpswell. According to an eyewitness, the woman was swimming off the shore near Bailey Island when she appeared to be attacked by a shark, officials said. Kayakers brought the woman ashore, where she was pronounced dead by EMS responders, officials said.The U.S. Coast Guard said it also responded to the attack, which occurred Monday afternoon.The identity of the victim was being withheld pending notification of her family.The Maine Marine Patrol is now urging swimmers and boaters to use caution near Baily Island and to avoid schooling fish or seals.Shark attacks in Maine are “very rare,” James Sulikowski of the Sulikowski Shark and Fish Conservation Lab at Arizona State University told the Portland Press Herald. According to Sulikowski, there has only been one unprovoked shark attack recorded in Maine. In October 2010, an undersea diver filmed a shark attacking him off the coast of Eastport. The diver was uninjured, according to reports at the time.The University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File has also recorded only one unprovoked shark attack in Maine since 1837.Based on the location of Monday’s suspected shark attack, Sulikowski told the Press Herald he surmised it could have been a white shark. Sulikowski’s organization recently detected white sharks in Southern Maine, and on Sunday, a seal carcass was found on the beach in Phippsburg, Maine, with a 19-inch bite wound, Sulikowski said.Shark attacks on humans are rare in general. According to the International Shark Attack File, there were 64 confirmed unprovoked cases last year, resulting in two fatalities. Shark attacks have been on the decline so far this year, too, the database reported, likely due to quarantine measures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

EGYPT 2021 launches official website: We promise historic event

first_img Click to comment Recommended for you NORDIC FINAL! Denmark beat Spain in thriller! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsEgyptian Handball Federation has launched the official website of the IHF Men’s World Handball Championship 2021. Exactly five months before the start of the first ever tournament on which will participate 32 best world’s handball national teams, organizers established a place where handball fans and media can find all necessary information about the event.“Handball is one of the world’s most popular sports, and Egypt 2021 will see 32 of the world’s best teams pitted against each other. Never before in the championship’s history have the competition seen so many teams participating. Unitl the past edition, 24 teams had taken part, and the competition was held jointly in two nations, while the next edition that will follow Egypt 2021, will be hosted by three nations. All this brings with it new and exciting challenges.Led by his Excellency, the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt has always proved its ability to rise to the occasion and achieve miracles, as you have seen in the summer of 2019, when we hosted football’s Africa Cup of Nations, a feat that international media described as a miracle.I would like to emphasize the continuous cooperation between the Supreme Organizing Committee headed by Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, and all the institutions of the Egyptian state, sports federations, clubs, and the Egyptian personnel. This cooperation has been key to the continuous success Egyptian sport has had when hosting tournaments.We can never forget the role of the Egyptian public, who are always keen to support their homeland and present themselves in a way that suits the great civilization they represent. As you all know, sports are the best ambassador to express sophistication and competence.As for infrastructure, our efforts were successful in building three new giant indoor halls in three cities: the New Capital Sports Hall, the Borg El Arab Alexandria Sport Hall, and the 6th of October Giza Sports Hall, as well as further developing the Cairo Stadium Halls Complex. Such achievements will leave a legacy for every Egyptian.Finally, I would like to welcome every official, team, and fan from all over the world, wishing them the utmost enjoyment of Egypt’s beautiful weather, rich civilization, and all-around hosting experience. I promise them we will exert every effort to host a spectacular tournament suiting Egypt. We promise a historic event.Welcome to Egypt, and see you in January 2021, is written by by Egyptian sports minister Ashraf Sobhy. EGYPT 2021: The best ever placement for Argentina, Hungarian TOP result in 24 years! Related Items:Egypt 2021, Egypt 2021 handball ShareTweetShareShareEmail Spain win bronze medal! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Swarovski wants groups

first_imgTo develop its UK groups business, Swarovski Crystal Worlds has appointed Worldwide Attractions to represent it in the UK.Swarovski offers a “symbiosis of culture, crystal, entertainment and experience” at Swarovski Crystal World in Wattens and the flagship store in Vienna, the largest Swarovski store in the world.Worldwide Attractions is a London-based B2B travel sales and marketing company, representing tourist attractions, destinations and hotels to the travel trade markets.last_img

How Verheugen put the king of Kiev in his place

first_imgBut while many in the high-powered audience at Salzburg muttered about the dark deeds associated with Kuchma, the enlargement commissioner had the courage to stand up and tell him exactly what he didn’t want to hear.Nevertheless, it was probably the least- known figure on the platform who stole the plaudits on the day. Zoran Djindjic, prime minister of Serbia, argued persuasively for a new Europe – one that was not just about the economy but also about vision and optimism.He deserved his applause, but the German commissioner probably deserved it more. It was the diplomatic equivalent of a punch below the belt or a kick where it hurts. And the self-styled king of Kiev, smiling through gritted teeth, knew it.Verheugen, who looks like the sort of chap who might get sand kicked in his face on the beach, had not only humiliated him in front of his peers (four presidents and three prime ministers, to be precise) but also his entourage.As soon as the conference finished, Kuchma stormed out of the building with his bodyguards practically running to keep up with him. And worse news was to follow for the president: while he was away from home, the Ukrainian opposition were organising a massive demonstration to mark the anniversary of the death of journalist Georgiy Gongadze, allegedly killed on Kuchma’s orders.Will the 64-year-old despot still be in charge in a year’s time? Maybe, maybe not. The Salzburg event was memorable, however, more for its discussion of which countries will not be joining the EU in the forseeable future, rather than those which will.Heading the list of the latter is, of course, Ukraine. Its President, Leonid Kuchma, addressed the conference at some length on why his country should be given the chance to join the EU, stressing that to reject it would “cast doubt on the values and ideals which encouraged Ukraine to seek independence”.Günter Verheugen, the enlargement commissioner, was having none of it – and told Kuchma so in no uncertain terms. “We must be all aware that a European perspective for Ukraine must not necessarily mean a membership perspective,” he said. “It would be very dangerous”, he added, if such a debate was started “too early”.last_img read more

Kraftwerk… In 3-D! Coming Soon To A Venue Near You

first_imgMan, isn’t it such a drag seeing a band in only two dimensions?Kraftwerk feels your pain. In fact, the electronic music pioneers have unveiled plans to include a 3-D element to their already-staggering visual display. Check out some of these cool images from their show (images are unfortunately in 2-D). The Kraftwerk 3-D tour comes to New York’s United Palace Theatre on April 1st, as well as three nights at the electronic-music-and-technology themed Moogfest. Full dates can be seen below. Tickets for the NYC show goes on sale January 24th at 10 AM.1/21-23 – Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus3/13-15 – Mexico City, Mexico – El Plaza Condesa3/18-21 – Los Angeles, CA – Walt Disney Concert Hall3/23-25- Oakland, CA – Fox Theater3/27 – Chicago, IL -Riviera Theatre3/29 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre3/30 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis4/01 – NYC – United Palace Theatre4/04 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club4/24-25 – Asheville, NC – Moogfest5/18 – Vienna, Austria – Festwochen7/10 – Tremčín, Slovakia – Pohoda Festival7/18-20 – Salacgriva, Latvia – Positivus Festival8/02- Rattvik, Sweden – Dalhalla-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Watch Vulfpeck’s Rockin’ Performance of ‘1612’ From Last Night’s Colbert Show

first_imgOn Friday, November 20th, Vulfpeck played the entire episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. As promised, they recorded a full song to release as a web-only clip. Antwaun Stanley joined the instrumentalists for a fan-favorite bust-out “1612” from their 2014 album Fugue State. If you haven’t heard their most recent album Thrill Of The Arts, we highly recommend you get on it and put it in your back pocket.Vulfpeck will be performing at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC this upcoming Saturday and Monday. Monday night’s performance will include Lettuce’s Adam Deitch. Tickets sold out very quickly, however, the funketeers recently announced a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO this summer with The Motet and Medeski Martin & Wood. Find out more here.last_img read more

New exhibit traces women in business at Harvard

first_imgIn its earliest years, the opening of business courses to women was dubbed a “daring experiment” by one Harvard faculty member. It turned out to be a successful experiment as well, one that slowly evolved into the mainstream at Harvard Business School (HBS).“A ‘Daring Experiment’: Harvard and Business Education for Women,” a new exhibit at the School’s Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, traces women’s business curriculum at the University. Beginnings were modest. In 1937, Radcliffe College administered a certificate program in personnel administration, with guidance from HBS faculty and courses. Later the program developed into a joint effort between Radcliffe and HBS. In April 1963, the first woman accepted admission to the M.B.A. class that would graduate in 1965.One HBS graduate attending the 2008 Dynamic Women in Business Conference called the exhibit an example of dedication. “It really reminds you of the power a small group of women could have” said Melissa Hayes, HBS ’07, former co-president of the HBS Women’s Student Association. “HBS recognized that it had a big void by not having women there.”The Baker Library | Bloomberg Center exhibit uses archival material from both the Business School and from Radcliffe’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library — photos and printed material, along with audio and video interviews with alumni. Gallery talks with the show’s guest curator will be held at 4 p.m., (today) Feb. 7 and March 6. The exhibit runs through May 16. For more information visit http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/daring/.last_img read more

Vagabon, Courtney Barnett Collaborate On Folk Classic “Reason To Believe” [Watch]

first_imgCameroonian-American multi-hyphenate Vagabon has recruited indie darling Courtney Barnett for a cover of Tim Hardin‘s “Reason To Believe”, released on Thursday. Though the song was originally written and recorded by Hardin in 1965, it went on to be recorded by a range of artists including Karen Dalton, whose rendition was the inspiration for the Barnett and Vagabon cover.This studio recording comes following Vagabon—born Lætitia Tamko—and Barnett’s performance of the song at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles on February 14th, 2020. That concert, billed as Courtney Barnett & Friends, served as a benefit for Newport Festivals Foundation and also saw appearances from Lucius, Sharon Van Etten, Father John Misty, Waxahatchee, and more.Related: Screen Australia Announces Courtney Barnett Documentary, ‘Anonymous Club’The cover of “Reason To Believe” immediately strikes listeners with calming energy as Vagabon is accompanied by a simple acoustic guitar. Barnett’s contributions to the song are strictly lyrical, as she joins her collaborator on the chorus of “Someone like you/Makes it hard to live without/Somebody else/Someone like you/Makes it easy to give/Never think about myself.” Meanwhile, home movie-quality footage of rolling landscapes through the vast expanse of the American frontier into Anytown, U.S.A. streams by in an idyllic accompaniment to the folk standard.“I recently discovered the Karen Dalton version of ‘Reason To Believe’ for the first time. I became obsessed and so a few days after discovering it, I was encouraged to record a cover of it in my garage,” said Tamko. “The decision to have Courtney sing it with me came after we performed it together live at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day 2020, a month before lockdown. It was fresh in our brains then so not long after the show, CB came over and we recorded her parts. Oliver Hill plays slide guitar on it.”Watch the music video for Vagabon and Courtney Barnett’s cover of “Reason To Believe” below, or listen on your preferred streaming platform.Vagabon, Courtney Barnett – “Reason To Believe” (Tim Hardin)[Video: Vagabon]last_img read more