The iCombine BlogArticles and News about the Future of Work, HR and iCombine.
New Release: Searches and Profile Download
With the new Searches, you support a culture of knowledge sharing and continuous development. Find out which internal opportunities are exciting for you and your colleagues, and initiate needs-based measures. Promote the expertise in your organization and make it visible to internal or external stakeholders with the new Profile Download.
Success Story: “Agility means being able to plan and re-plan in short intervals”.
What actually makes the planning of people and projects so complicated? Where do manual processes reach their limits? How are pioneering organizations in the IT, consulting and project business preparing for the future? Find answers to these and more questions in our interview with akquinet tech@spree.
New Release: Self Service and Certified Security
With the new self service we offer you the possibility to get to know our software directly and to adjust it to your needs. Not only do you get access to an intuitive, but also secure tool for planning people and projects. Because after an intensive test we were classified as a secure application.
Employee Experience (EX) – the key to human centric organization
For the past 20 years, “User Experience” has made customers happy. With the future-of-work movement, we want to transfer the mindset and the successful methods of UX to our workplaces as well. The newly developed concept of “Employee Experience” (EX) focuses on the needs and wishes of employees in order to make them happy(er) in their daily routine.
Interview: How projects succeed using towels
In this podcast interview, Tim Bosenick and Richard Schentke talk about the insights gathered during the development of iCombine. We address incremental value gained through transparency of competencies and active knowledge management. You’ll also learn how intrinsic motivation, quality and profitability of project work can be positively influenced.
How to stop the digital overload
Work in the digital world has reached a large part of our society. This is not without consequences. While companies observed an increase in productivity during the pandemic, many people now feel digitally overloaded. Exhaustion, frustration, lethargy and even sickness are typical symptoms. The voices for a digital detox and less screen time are getting louder and louder. So is the “new digital reality” really as good as we’ve always dreamed it would be in recent years? How do we create a responsible and healthy approach to tools we use for collaboration without letting them stress us out?”
Future of Work Trends 2021 – what we learned from Covid
The year 2020 has left many traces in the world of work. The radical change in our work circumstances has suddenly created new priorities, but also challenges that need to be addressed. Our New Work Community has taken a look back. We have drawn many conclusions from the pandemic, and identified the most important working trends for the coming period.
New Learning – How we reinvent learning
For some time now, academia has been intensively addressing the question of how learning can be re-anchored and redesigned among individuals and within organizations. The idea of “new learning” is intended to create an alternative model for our learning culture. But what exactly is meant by “new learning” and how can it be implemented in practice?
Smart Generational Change – iCombine and DHBW awarded by Stifterverband’s Effect to the Power of 100
Our project in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University was selected to be one of 100 most innovative ideas for Germany’s future. The goal is to make the generational change and succession planning in companies more transparent and objective than ever before.
5 Inspirations for Purposeful Organizations
A growing number of conscious consumers and employees pays more attention to the image of products and employers. It is important to them that the meaningfulness of a company’s existence and its significance for society corresponds to own values. During the last Meetup we met five entrepreneurial personalities who have anchored the so-called “purpose” in the DNA of their companies. Check out the various measures they have taken to align their structures and processes with this purpose.
How to navigate the VUCA world with confidence – techniques from improv theater
In our everyday and professional life we often get into unpredictable situations. Nevertheless, a quick reaction is required. How can we as individuals react in such moments in a relaxed and professional manner? The techniques from improvisational theater offer a solution!
New Feature: Reports about Utilization and Competency Profiles
The new reports allow you to analyze data in a more detailed way: Compare the workload of your experts and pools in order to make even better plans for the future. Evaluate the competencies and interests of your experts to initiate purposeful training and recruiting measures.
How Kanban improves your workflows
The output of an organization is dependent on the performance of each individual involved in the work process. To maximize output, it was common to push everybody to the limits while keeping people in their known work stations. Will the desire for more time freedom and adoptable workflows remain a dream?
How to easily develop inspiring ideas using the SparkCanvas method
In the context of our work we are often confronted with challenges that we have never faced before. Creativity plays a decisive role in these situations. SparkCanvas is an effective design method to develop concrete ideas and solutions using structured inspiration.
Going from in-person to remote work: A crisis-proof concept?
Remote work – a concept with increasing popularity, now known to everyone due to the Corona crisis and its corresponding restrictions. Many organizations had to switch their employees to work from home. All of a sudden, new processes, digital tools, and virtual meetings are regulating our everyday lives. This abrupt change carries risks, but can also be a great opportunity for the working world. We exchanged notes with experts who already possess many years of experience in this area.
iCombine cooperates with Digital Capability Center Aachen
Matching skills, experience and availability with the requirements of individual workstations is particularly relevant in the manufacturing industry. Together with our new cooperation partner, we are pursuing the mission of digitizing personnel resource planning in the industry as well.
Culture of Conflict – How to drive innovation with consciousness and empathy
Flat hierarchies, everyone is a friend, we get along well and also do a lot of things together in our free time. The culture in modern organizations is characterized by close and harmonious relationships. “Hire for Attitude – not for skills” places particular emphasis on these aspects. But what happens when conflicts arise? Instead of dodging the issue, we argue to use your consciousness!
iCombine enters partnership agreement with Zalaris
We are proud to join the newly launched Zalaris marketplace as one of the first trusted partners. Here, our software will be introduced to Zalaris’ global customer base, ranging from large SMEs to corporate organizations.
15 anti-trends and 40 solutions for the future of work
What are the typical problems that currently exist in our working world? And how can we sustainably improve the workplace culture and cooperation in companies? We addressed this question at the beginning of the year. Our New Work Community has identified 15 anti-trends and worked out 40 corresponding solutions.
iCombine News – January 2020
We started our year with the release of detailed user guides. Furthermore, iCombine participates in an online event that connects HR professionals around the world.