Advantages of having lunch with your colleagues

The company where you work is not only your place of work, it is also somewhere where social relationships and friendships happen. For that matter, many managers are looking into promoting solidarity and a good working environment within their team because they are confident that it will have an impact on the productivity of the company. That is the reason why “eating together” with colleagues is something that companies really wish for. It has become something normal that generates lots of benefits. If you’re one of those people who eat alone in front of your desk, think about going to the cafeteria from time  to time to take lunch with your colleagues. Having lunch, sharing a good meal with your colleagues seated around a table, is the perfect opportunity to talk about work and what we have done during the weekend. It provides exchanges and  good spirit. According to the 2016 survey from Cornell University, it also stimulates teamwork.


This study revealed that most of the time, employees who eat together are more likely to work together than those who eat alone. Teamwork is not the only advantage that comes out of sharing lunch with colleagues: it is a good alternative to team building which is “ very costly, but mostly it requires a lot of employees to do activities with their colleagues during their free time” explains Kevin Kniffin, a behavioral researcher. With that in mind, many companies set up cafeterias inside their buildings to uplift that friendly practice and encourage employees to go there and sit at a table around colleagues.


However, you can’t force relationships among people because it could be counter productive. So, even though eating with colleagues has plenty of benefits, we shouldn’t force things to happen. It should come naturally… Actually just because you share a lunch with colleagues doesn’t mean that teamwork and harmony will get better and that workers will like each other better or work better together.


Quite to the contrary, eating by yourself could also be a good thing. Everybody is not always ready to handle conversations about each and others during lunch, which also represents a relaxing moment where you find yourself again. From this study from the University of Toronto, it is especially important to let people choose what they want to do. You can’t force anybody to be with others. Anyway, it is up to you to choose who you want to eat with. You can also choose both options and go back and forth as you want it, by eating alone once a week for example. 


Whatever the case is, it is recommended not to be seen as someone who always mess up the mood and the atmosphere within colleagues. Be even in terms of choices. Your manager will always appreciate you being someone who come together.


Our experts give you the secret to the perfect motivation letter

It is true that nowadays, it is easy to find a great number of cover letter templates online, so many of them that we wonder if they are really that important. Trivialized, standardized, recruiters barely read them unless there is one that stands out from the rest. Even though, it is clear that when you start the process of writing a cover letter, as a candidate what matters for you the most is to be special. That is so true that your cover letter is actually your first direct contact with the recruiter. So it is necessary for it to be neat. But how? Our HR gives up the updates.


Be brief…


Did you know? Recruiters spend little or no time reading a cover letter. Most recruiters spend, on average, around 2 or 3 minutes reading your job application. That is the reason why in order to grab his attention, you should be brief so you can make his job easier. Your cover letter should be short. Ideally, a good cover letter should fit in one page max. The cover letter should also be convincing and personalized for each job application. It is true that it can be tiring to always change it up for every job offer but it is way more efficient. The recruiter will notice that you took some of your time  to read the job announcement meticulously and to write a cover letter that fits with the job description. This would make him want to find out more about you because you took interest in the company. 


Give your job application to the right person


The other aspect that people tend to forget is sending your job application to the right person. It is so important however. In the perfect world you would find out about the name of the recruiter and and send him a personal email with your CV and cover letter. This would maximize your chances of getting an interview.


Get a catchphrase to grab the attention of the recruiter 


The catchphrase is a necessary step in the writing process of a good letter because it helps you grab the attention of the recruiter. You must therefore write a catchphrase that grabs his attention. Our RH experts recommend you to avoid classics like “I am interested in your offer, I would like to submit my application”. You should focus more on having a short and direct catchphrase.

Show interest for the company


Do not make the mistake of only talking about yourself in the cover letter. In the first paragraph, you must show your interest in the company by giving a description of its activity and values. Our HR experts suggest you to give actual facts that seduced you (the company’s latest news update, its latest successful deals).


Quote key words from the job posting


In the second paragraph of the cover letter, focus on explaining to the recruiter why this offer matches with your skills and career expectations. Use some words from the job posting and list your skills, your knowledge and your know how that have a direct link with them. Be clear and specific. Give examples, accomplishments numbers. Mostly use action verbs.


What about the conclusion?


In your conclusion, you should make the recruiter want to contact you for an interview. Show your motivation for the particular job with enthusiasm and suggest a conversation. The recruiter should feel that you genuinely want to join the company.


Dakar, Paris and EU – A 14 M€ budget for funding Diaspora initiatives

Paris – Thursday, Oct 19th – The French Development Agency and the Senegalese government signed a convention worth more than 9 billion FCFA (€ 14 million) to co-finance, with the European Union, Senegalese diaspora initiatives in favor of development.

The French Development Agency, the European Union and the State of Senegal will co-finance during 4 years, Senegalese diaspora development initiatives, for more than 9 billion FCFA (€ 14 million). This four-year project aims to “enhance the technical and financial resources of the diaspora for the development of the home jurisdictions”. It builds on “a well-organized and active Senegalese diaspora in Europe and particularly in France, being an important source of external financing for Senegal (10% of GDP or 1.5 billion USD on average over the last years)”.  The Senegalese Minister of Economy, Amadou Ba, spoke on this subject: “This co-financing will cover 150 development projects to meet the needs of the territories in agriculture, education, health sectors and even access to drinking water. It will serve as a financial backing for 300 companies and the deployment of services and financial tools necessary for their development, as well as at least 100 expert missions” The project will be implemented by the unit of the Support Program for Solidarity Initiatives for Development (PAISD) within the Direction of Technical Assistance (General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal), the development and supervision Agency of SMEs (ADEPME) and the General Department of Senegalese Diaspora  (DGSE). Previous projects (2006-2013) had mobilized € 6 million from the Senegalese diaspora in France.

The European Union is the first financial contributor to the project with a € 10 million grant under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. This fund is an instrument set up by the European Union at the end of 2015 to help the most fragile African countries deeply affected by migration crises. The FDA general manager Rémy Rioux declared: “This project puts the new migration and governance skills transferred to FDA at the heart of the new mobility challenges that link Europe and Africa”. According to him, “the Agency acts in a balanced way to make migrations a factor of territorial development while fighting the causes of forced migration.”