Theme of the month

Published once a month, the articles in this section deal with topics that are important for SMEs. They contain expert opinions and useful tips for entrepreneurs.

The most recent interviews are also posted on the SME Portal homepage.


End-of-year interviews Annual appraisal Performance management Goal setting Feedback systems Dörte Resch Matthias Mölleney

Year-end interviews: the importance of careful preparation

(02.11.2022) Whether they take place at the beginning or the end of the year, individual interviews remain an essential opportunity for exchange within companies. Two experts offer advice.
Two researchers study an object.

Carrying out research and development in an SME

(05.10.2022) How should small and medium-sized companies go about innovating or setting up their own research and development (R&D)? Which partners should they turn to? Here is some advice and testimonials.
Typing on a computer keyboard with pictograms.

Freelancers: the art of communicating to get known

(07.09.2022) Every entrepreneur who is starting out should be aware of this: selling your services and products entails being able to get people talking about you. In the era of social media, communication channels are multiple and continue to evolve. Let's take a look at them.
A person writes entries in a calendar.

Five tips to "prioritize" and stick to tasks

(03.08.2022) Urgent matters and demands keep on increasing for company executives and managers. Knowing how to determine the importance of your tasks to make the best use of your resources has become a priority.
The harvest of apricots.

Agricultural training: the next generation is sustainable

(06.07.2022) Farmers in Switzerland are adapting to meet the challenges of today, from new consumer demands to environmental concerns. In specialist schools, training is evolving to carry on the transition towards more sustainable models.
A man and a woman doing a high five.

Equal pay on the right track

(01.06.2022) Since the 2020 revision of the Gender Equality Act companies with over 100 employees are required to check for potential pay discrimination in their organization. Initial results have been positive with just one in twenty companies found to have gross gender inequalities.

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