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Leaving your mark requires enough patience

Key messages

In order to create impact, you need to fully understand the organization, and this takes time and patience.

Employers must continue to offer employees opportunities and challenges to help them grow.

A clear understanding of your business processes is a must to obtain the return of investing in digitalization.

Some young employees mistakenly think that after two years in an organisation, they have seen it all and that it is time to move on. Daring to change employers is a good thing, but such impatience does not usually promote the sustainable growth of a career. The panel members of TriFinance's latest virtual roadshow on its book 'Zo maak je carrière in finance / Comment faire carrière dans la finance ?’ (How to make a career in finance) agree on this point. To leave one’s mark, one needs to have enough patience.

The fourth session of the virtual roadshow organized by TriFinance around its book brought four managers to the screen: CFO Patrick Delmotte at Rossel, who publishes among others the newspaper Le Soir; CFO Nicolas Macchia at the food retailer Delfood; CFO Jean-Pierre Butacide at SPIE Belgium, a local subsidiary of a European leader in multi-technical services; and Walter Deprins, Head of Corporates at TriFinance Belgium.

Job hopping

Nicolas Macchia opens the discussion on job hopping with his vision that daring to seize new opportunities and changing employers helps a career. "But don't change too quickly", Patrick Delmotte reacts with a smile and Nicolas Macchia agrees. Walter Deprins adds that looking for a job should not be an end in itself.

A thorough understanding of the organisation is necessary for the employee to fully generate added value.
Patrick Delmotte, CFO at Rossel

The TriFinance Leader Corporates observes that the younger generations have a different view on career development than older people and stresses that the employer's investment in an employee must be given the opportunity to bear fruit. Rossel's CFO believes that two years is not enough time to truly 'know' an organization and its activities. For him, such in-depth understanding is necessary for the employee to fully generate added value.

Employers must continue to offer employees opportunities and alternatives.
Jean-Pierre Butacide, CFO at SPIE Belgium

Jean-Pierre Butacide also notes that some young people change employers too quickly. In the same time he points out that employers must continue to offer opportunities and alternatives to employees. "A career can develop vertically by moving up the hierarchical ladder, or horizontally by acquiring new skills," he points out. He sees three phases in an employee's development within an organization: "The learning phase, the stabilization phase and finally the phase in which the employee is fully profitable.”

Teleworking has strengthened the team spirit within my team.
Nicolas Macchia, CFO at Delfood

Covid-19

Jean-Pierre Butacide fears that the Covid crisis could lead to the premature departure of new recruits. "It is difficult for them to integrate into their new environment when physical meetings and presence in the office are not possible." Patrick Delmotte and Walter Deprins believe that Covid discourages people from seeking other horizons.

Nicolas Macchia, from his part, says surprisingly that working from home strengthens the team spirit in his department: "In the past, we have never met as a group of fifteen people. Now we do this almost every day - virtually - for about half an hour".

Teleworking has become a given. The panel members agree on this. They also agree on the greater difficulty when supervision and control has to be done virtually.

Digitalization

Moreover, they are on the same page that digitalization requires new skills. For example, it is no longer a question of being able to collect data - computers do it - but of being capable to analyze this data.

The managers are in favor of the possibilities of new technology, but warn that it does not always generate the expected return on investment. "Above all, you need to have the financial resources for digital transformation," stresses Nicolas Macchia. Walter Deprins adds to this financial argument: "Implementation must be done step by step because organizations are complex and modernization requires a clear vision of the processes. It is not a question of merely installing an application on a smartphone".

Digitalizing within an organisation is not like installing an application on a smartphone.
Walter Deprins, Head of Corporates at TriFinance

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