By Eric Davalle
With the collaboration of Patrick Chalançon, engineer and business booster and Cornélia Stoeri, occupational psychologist.
Editions StudyramaPro, 2013
Becoming "sustainable" is every company's objective. At a time when our economies are in a constant state of change, sustainability resonates as an "ongoing challenge" that all managers are taking up. Depending on the size and area of activity, these men and women must work with seemingly irreconcilable factors. Business, committed teams and respect for the environment can no longer be ignored.
This is the essence of this book. How can we unite these three dynamics to achieve set professional objectives? A combined management approach is recommended throughout the book.
Our globalised world is primarily driven by a short term capitalist economy. In spite of hopes for boundless growth, the global crisis has brought development to a standstill. This crisis has been fuelled by an almost across the board increase in sovereign debts and the inability of struggling countries to get their economies going again. In this difficult and uncertain climate, employees in private and public companies suffer and citizens worry for their futures. The planet is also showing signs of saturation when it comes to the environment. This manifests in an increase in pollution, global warming and a further reduction in natural resources. The world is choking. So what can business managers do in these circumstances?
Managers everywhere are feeling the full force of the current situation. However, as stakeholders in the economy, they do have an influence and can come up with improvements. Having trialled this within a Swiss public service, management approaches can be revised. This involves introducing more stringent management conditions that strive to reconcile the work and human aspects of business and take a long term view. To achieve this, genuinely sustainable governance is required. This must bring together management approaches based on efficiency, a desire to play to employees’ strengths, providing adequate training, and acting professionally to reduce any impact on the environment.
This book sets out the original approach taken in a country that defies all predictions of economic health. The suggestions for change coherently combine the best known methods, consolidating and significantly improving the way businesses are run. Cost benefits, harmonious working relations and sustainability are guaranteed.