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Many people are fairly ambivalent and probably have mixed feelings about it. The world encourages decisiveness and clarity and dismisses people who can see both sides of an argument as fence-sitters. For example, you can “like” things on Facebook, and sometimes a “dislike” button may be suggested, but there will never be one labelled “like and dislike”. “There is no respectable way to confess that you believe two opposing propositions,” wrote author and self-confessed ambivalent person Ian Leslie in Slate, “no questionnaire in which you can tick the box; “I agree with both of these conflicting views”… So we avoid the question, or check “I don’t know”. But “don’t know” sounds like indifference or ignorance, whereas ambivalence means possibly having strong feelings that are polarised. Meanwhile, we champion those with the so-called “courage of their convictions”, even though such people have historically started pretty much all wars. Then again, some wars are justifiable, so… God, who knows what to think? Consequently, it is un-ambivalently pleasant to see two recent studies that both suggest ambivalence has its upsides. One concluded that having conflicting goals can lead to better decision-making, because the conflict forces us to reflect deeply on our options. The other, concerned “ambivalent relationships” – frenemies – in the workplace. Having a love-hate dynamic with a colleague might make you better at your job, these researchers argue, since you’re constantly prompted to switch to their perspective to try to understand their actions.

 Recruitipedia Germany

Welcome to Recruitipedia: ExecutiveSurf's occasional review of the talent landscape around the world, this month featuring Germany. Germany is made up of 16 federal states and these states have a large measure of autonomy, rather than centralised rule. Business and employment reflect this geographical diversity, with different cities often being hubs for specific types of work. Frankfurt is Germany’s centre of banking, Düsseldorf of advertising, media and fashion, whereas Berlin is Germany’s major hub for new media and online start-ups. Hamburg has shipping and logistics and Munich and Stuttgart are renowned for their automotive industry as well as machinery and engineering companies. The German workplace is progressive in regards to worker´s rights and labour laws, but the job market is still fundamentally conservative. Even though there is an estimate of 7,000 recruitment companies in Germany, their use is not common. This is due to many companies’ extreme preference for and often effectiveness at recruiting internally to source talent. The market is complex with its strong regional structure. This makes it difficult for recruiters to encourage candidates to relocate to another region. At the same time, due to near full employment – especially in the more sought after disciplines - and the fact that the German market is a candidate driven, as opposed to an employer driven market, it is extremely fast moving.

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