Around 69 percent of Romanians consider that technology made them more efficient at work. This is the highest percentage in Europe, where the average is 55 percent, according to a study by Samsung Electronics in collaboration with Vitreous World. However, few people believe that technology has given them more flexibility in terms of work – 59% do not think they can work from home or away more often as a result of the development of mobile technology. According to the survey, Romanians enjoy the impact of technology at work and easily embrace the proposed innovations among mobile devices – 65 percent think that mobile technology has had a positive impact on the job, while the average in the EU is a bit less than 50 percent. The study also explores ways in which mobile technology has reduced barriers between personal and professional time. Today, when work takes up most of the day, it is getting harder for people to have time for personal life. In this respect, 64 percent of … [Read more...] about Romanians most optimistic Europeans about the role of technology on efficiency at work
Behaviors to improve at work
In 2018, the Romanians’ payment behavior remained the same as in 2017 in terms of timely payment of bills. At present, 74 percent of invoices are paid on time, which is equivalent to the previous year. This may be due to the fact that businesses maintained the same payment term as in the year 2017 for both corporate customers (B2C) and corporate customers (B2B). These are some of the information provided by the EOS study, entitled “2018 European Payments Behaviors”, conducted by the Kantar TNS Infratest Independent Market Research Institute. In this study, decision makers from 3,200 companies from 17 European countries were interviewed on local payment practices. The study aims to analyze the relationships between payment behaviors, payment deadlines and the influence of liquidity on the European economy. Payment practices The reason why the punctuality of payments in 2018 remained the same as in 2017 could be the average maturity of 37 days that did not change in … [Read more...] about Payment behavior in Romania: average of late payments in Romania stood at 22 percent this year
The situation in North Korea often seems static - with frequent stories of missiles launches, sanctions and human rights abuses - but some dynamics have started to shift underneath the surface. Marzuki Darusman, the UN's top official in charge of human rights in North Korea since 2010, has been well-placed to track the change. He spoke to DW about ways forward to ease tensions and find a security solution in the region, allowing for an improvement in human rights conditions. DW: Who will stricter sanctions against North Korea really affect - the people in power or the public? Sanctions have a way of also affecting the people, making their livelihood even harder. So you have to question the effectiveness of sanctions, because, if they take effect, they will lead to a humanitarian condition which would require the international community to step in again. Where do you draw the line between sanctions and their consequences? The international community asks me every now and then: What … [Read more...] about ‘Sanctions against North Korea are not working’
Over three years, Hamburg professor Rolf Schulmeister examined the learning patterns of German students as part of a one-off international study. The recently published results make for sobering reading, as it appears that academic achievement and effort have little to do with each another. Schulmeister is calling for reforms to university degree courses. DW: If making more effort does not lead to better grades, then what does? Sheer intelligence? Rolf Schulmeister: Good heavens, no! It is not about intelligence. It's not about talent, but the motivation to learn. This is reflected in different patterns of learning and can mean that students are easily distracted, or that when confronted with difficult texts, statistics or mathematics, they say, "I'll do that next week." And the way degree courses are organized with eight to 12 seminars per week exacerbates this problem. Students are unsure about which seminars they really need to study for. In your study, for which hundreds of … [Read more...] about Professor: Hard work not key to better grades
For an international power often dismissed as too soft, the European Union is becoming increasingly fond of using sanctions to coerce other countries to its will. But a new paper by Konstanty Gebert, of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), accuses the EU of a "wilful blindness" in the way that sanctions are imposed, which has led to inconsistent successes and protracted deadlocks. As of June 2012, the EU had sanctions in place against 26 countries around the world. And there has been a sharp increase in the last three years - from 22 decisions in 2010 to 69 a year later. Most of these have been focused on "outlaw" countries like Syria and Iran, but the EU has also shown that it is more willing to spread these diplomatic and economic weapons around - imposing them on 16 different nations in 2002, but to 28 in 2011. The term "sanctions" can of course refer to a range of measures, some political, others economic. Some aimed at governments, others at individuals within those … [Read more...] about Do EU sanctions work?