Protecting and Promoting the Welfare of Swiss Employees.

Through promoting the welfare of employees and protecting their rights in the workplace, you also ensure better productivity and work ethics.

7 Travel Tips For Your Next Luxury Vacation No Matter Where The Destination

To make a vacation extra special, you need to plan and organize everything just right from the beginning.  There are many lovely destinations for a luxury vacation.  Your first step should be deciding where you want to be, and this decision should be made with the expectations you have, in mind.

Do you want to test drive your new luxury SUV Supercar through wonderful landscapes or exciting mountain roads?  Or do you want to only drive when necessary, preferably by someone else, and rather fly to your destination and then just lounge on a beach?

Whichever you choose, you can always use a few tips from an expert.

7 Tips To Make Traveling Extra Special:

  1. Fly First Class or Business Class: If you are flying to your destination, you can cross the ocean in first class or business sleeper seat, or a mini-suite.  You can expect nice wine, a tasty meal and a restful few hours.  You will arrive refreshed and rested, ready to start your vacation.  If you intend driving the rest of your vacation to uninhabited places and follow secluded roads, this will give you a good rest before starting your travels.
  2. Hire a Chauffeur to do the Driving: If you really intend to do the minimum of driving during your vacation, let someone else do the driving for you.  You can sit back in a luxury car and relax while you are driven wherever you wish to go.  You can make arrangements that your hired chauffeur pick you up at the airport and do all the luggage jostling and other tedious stuff for you.
  3. Make Reservations in a 5-star Hotel: You can start your vacation in a place where it is every employee’s greatest wish to fulfil their guests’ greatest wishes.  You will find the best service at a 5-star or boutique hotel.  They will have that personal touch, caring about your wishes and appreciating your business.
  4. Accommodation in a Rented Luxury Villa: Spending a week or more in a peaceful, luxurious, villa, with a full concierge service, chef, nanny, and everything you can wish for, sounds pretty expensive.  Fact is, it can be more affordable than 5-star hotel suites.  And, if you share with friends, travelling together, doing things together, you can split the bill.
  5. Hire a Private Guide: A reputable, certified guide can be of great help to make your excursions hassle-free.  They will also make sure that you do not miss the best places in the city or town you are vacationing in.  Guides are mostly locals and will help you understand the city or country you are visiting better.  They usually do the planning and preparations, for instance, possible ticket purchases or Restaurant bookings, beforehand, so you will not need to bother with that.
  6. Decide on an Experience that you will really love to share: Ask your hotel concierge or private guide to make a list of over-the-top, meaningful, and out of the normal, ordinary experiences that you can share with your family or friends.  Something that will stand out and be remembered long after the vacation might be forgotten.
  7. At least once, make a reservation at a Michelin Star Restaurant: There will always be a Michelin Star restaurant near a luxury hotel, and you have to make a stop at one to have a serious dining experience.

Lastly, you can find s fabulous bar where you can go to after a long day of either, doing nothing, trekking through historical monuments, lounging on a beach, or whatever your fancy for your vacation might be.  You can sit back, order a cocktail or whiskey and soak up the atmosphere that will also give you the feel of your vacation destination.

The Top 10 Luxury Cars That Super Millionaires Prefer Most

Switzerland may not be building their own motor cars, but they do rank top of the list for buying luxury cars.  Switzerland is found to be a natural home to all luxury vehicle brands and the core of the luxury vehicle market.  This is nothing strange when you take into account that Switzerland is also home to super millionaires and a lot of those are already billionaires.

The luxury market rank quite high in Switzerland and leading this market is the luxury cars segment.

Top 10 Luxury Cars Preferred by the Richest of the Rich:

  1. Porsche: A Porsche will always be known as the Iconic Sports car.  It is therefore not strange that there are almost 40’000 Porsches in circulation within Switzerland which means a sustainable, strong growth for the Stuttgart Automobile Company.  In 2014, a record count of the newly launched SUV, the Macan, was sold by Porsche.  Porsche did their research well and scored a big hit with this 4×4 vehicle.
  2. Jaguar: Jaguar spells British elegance.  Like the Jaguar itself, elegant and full of muscled power, the car named after it is a machine of precision in powerful motion.  Movement comes effortlessly and always very elegant.  Jaguar came second in the total numbers sold in Switzerland but made its position stronger with a new 4×4 range of vehicles.
  3. Ferrari: Switzerland is the country with the 5th biggest Ferrari-market.  This Italian manufactured luxury car had a 25% increase in sales from 2007.  Every year 300 Ferraris are sold, which constitutes a 5% of the global production, only in Switzerland.
  4. MG: The circulation number for this luxury car staid stable throughout the past 7 years.
  5. Cadillac: With 4000 luxury cars circulating in Switzerland for the past 7 years, this car is not a tall tale to tell but the real American Story.  Not many people actually know what these cars look like, nowadays; everybody knows the Company name, but only remembers the models from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
  6. Maserati: Another luxury brand, that is also manufactured in Italy, is referred to as the “other Italian car” when compared with the Ferrari.  In 2014, almost 4000 Maserati-luxury cars were in circulation in Switzerland.  In 2015, Maserati launched their first SUV, the Alfieri.  Maserati invests quite a lot in the Swiss luxury vehicle market.
  7. Aston Martin: An Aston Martin always catches the eye.  This is the forever James Bond car and always captures the attention.  There was a strong increase in numbers of this luxury, grand-touring cars after the release of the James Bond films in the 1950s and 1960s.
  8. Bentley: Bentley Motors Ltd. is a company that manufactures, develops and designed the Bentley luxury vehicles.  Bentleys are mostly hand-built and is known for their power and elegance.  There is a tremendous increase in circulation of Bentley motorcars in Switzerland.
  9. Triumph: Triumph Motor Company was British owned, but the Triumph trade-name is currently owned by BMW.  The circulation of Triumph cars in Switzerland is stable as the ninth luxury vehicle on the list.  Triumph is the mark of past glory and fame.
  10. Pontiac: The Pontiac brand of vehicles was manufactured by General Motors, but in 2009, production ended.  It still remains a registered trademark and still has a reasonable percentage of cars circulating in Switzerland.

A new generation of luxurious, interesting, machines, manufactured to cater to the very richest of the rich, has flooded the vehicle market.  These six- and seven-figure price tagged vehicles are now also the fastest-selling products in the automotive business.

6 Important Elements to Create a Productive Workspace for Best Results

Production and results are some of the most important factors for a successful business and happy employees.  Whether you or your employer creates a productive workspace is irrelevant.  The important thing is that you have a workspace that cultivates optimal production and a positive environment.

Factors that can Promote Productivity:

  1. Good lighting: The first important thing for productivity is sufficient light.  Any good working space requires good lighting to ensure that your eyes don’t get tired.  The lighting for a workspace should be sufficient but not too bright.  A good work lamp, natural light from windows, and overall office lighting should all contribute to the ideal lighting.
  2. Ergonomic work furniture: The table and chair that employees sit at for many hours a day should be the right size, height, and distance for each individual.  Ergonomic spaces place the chair and table at the right height and the computer screen at the right distance. You can research the ergonomic distances for your height and type of work.
  3. Fresh air: Oxygen is necessary to help the blood flow in our bodies.  Fresh air and ventilation are necessary to prevent fatigue and slow working speeds.  Windows and good ventilation systems are a must for productive work.  If there is no constant or direct access to windows, frequent breaks for fresh air might be in order.
  4. No clutter: Some people tend to work well in chaos, but the most productive people have organised working spaces that allow them to know exactly what is going on.  They know where to find everything they need.  They also never feel overwhelmed with the mess around them.  A clear and organised workspace helps productivity and will ensure the best results.
  5. Greenery: Studies have proven that plants and flowers in a workspace increase productivity.  Not only do they offer colour and a positive atmosphere, but they also add to the oxygen content of the office.  Plants all around of different kinds make a huge difference in any office and will definitely cultivate positivity and higher productivity.
  6. Good management: Micro-management is almost always a recipe for unhappy and unproductive employees.  Good management that involves encouragement and positive and constructive feedback will contribute to more productive employees and better results.  Treating employees well and giving them the respect and recognition they deserve, will definitely contribute to a more productive workspace.

These factors, amongst others, will create a workspace that will encourage productivity and make employees feel more positive and focused.  With these elements in place, employees will be productive and positive and business will be booming.  Be sure to create this type of workspace if you are looking for increased productivity and a happier working environment.

7 Interesting Facts About The Geneva International Motor Show Taking Place Annually In March

1905 was the first year that the Geneva International Motor Show was held in Geneva, Switzerland.  Through the years you can follow the history of the automotive industry by what was featured at each show.

From the “internal combustion” engine models, the steam- and benzene-powered motorcars, starting in the early 1900s till present times, where exotic super motorcars steal the spotlight.  This motor show is the place to find new prototypes, new technical know-how, new equipment, and also the place to form new partnerships in the automotive industry.

Interesting Facts About the Geneva Motor Show:

  1. This event is one of the biggest automotive shows in the world: The Geneva automotive show brings all the best, and the newest developments in the automotive industry together to show their products.  Geneva is seen as the traditional location for new product launches, new industry announcements, discussions, new technologies, regulations and the future of motorcars.
  2. “Press days” and Public days: Every show starts off with 2 “press days” where most of the major events will take place; the debuts of new models, grand unveilings and all brand new products never seen before.  After these two days, the show will run for ten days where the public, everyone that is interested in the automotive industry, are welcome.
  3. A “Must-See” Event: Automotive shows are at risk of becoming phased out because of the big interest in smart technology.  In the case of the Geneva automotive show, its eccentricity makes it an event that must be attended.  This is “THE” automotive event to be attending.
  4. Excitement: The ultra-rich will attend the Geneva show, unlike with other automotive events, they come to buy.  The proceedings give the air of excitement found at an auction floor or all those places where big amounts of money are spend without a blink of an eye.
  5. Smaller Venue, More Brands: You can walk through the whole show in 30 minutes and see the displays of big and small companies alike.  Unlike most of the other car shows and expos in other countries, the car companies do not bring all their models, just the good stuff.
  6. Cars and Companies on Display: They are all there, the big companies, and the small companies, as well as, the totally unknown manufacturers.  It is a likeable fact that the show includes not only the big guns in the automotive manufacturing industry.
  7. Neutral ground: Geneva is Neutral Ground in the automotive manufacturing world.  The Geneva show is seen as being a level playing field for all the automotive manufacturers because of the fact that Switzerland does not manufacture cars.

Switzerland’s automotive industry does not include the manufacture of cars; they rule the world with their automotive parts, tyres, automotive equipment and technological know-how.  The fact that Switzerland does not manufacture any motor vehicles themselves, does not take anything away from the fact that they host a groundbreaking, major international automotive show, every year.

5 Basic Characteristics You Will Find With A Company Practicing Good Working Policies

Good basic work conditions are part of the law of every country.  Every country has the same basic considerations and requirements for legally accepted conditions that are fair and expected for employees.  Every employee in Switzerland has the right to employment.  They also have the right to be treated fairly and with respect.

Let’s look at some of the characteristics that most employment laws requires.

5 Characteristics of Good Working Policies:

  1. Fair treatment; No person may be discriminated against based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other similar factor. If an applicant is qualified and seems to be the best person for the job, they should be hired; without discrimination because of non-job-related factors. A person’s qualifications and abilities are the only factors that should play a role in the choice of whether to employ or not.
  2. Respect; every employee has the right to be treated with respect. Slander, abuse, degradation, belittling, and other such things are not acceptable in the workplace. Any employee that is at the receiving end of such treatment may have the right to lay charges or open a disciplinary case. Respect is also one of the keys to having happy and productive employees.
  3. Reasonable hours; expecting to work reasonable hours is a basic factor for most employees. In the contract should be stipulated what the expected working hours are going be. When necessary it can be expected of employees to work overtime.  This means extra hours than the work hours stipulated in a contract and should be compensated for.

Sunday work or night work may be expected from an employee when circumstances ask for it.  Again, there are labour laws and regulations that should be followed and the compensation for these hours also have a special formula to work out the amount payable per hour.

However, if you work in an industry that works in shifts, or you work in a hospital, firehouse, police station, etc. your working hours will be different from a normal 9 to 5 job.

  1. Leave; in Switzerland, all employees are entitled to a minimum of at least four weeks leave per year. Younger employees, (till age 20), are entitled to have five weeks of leave per year. In Switzerland, there is only one federal holiday.

Additional public holidays can vary and are designated from area to area, to a maximum of eight additional holidays.  You will not be compensated for public holidays falling on a Saturday or Sunday.  When a public holiday happens during your annual holiday, you should not enter that day as part of your holiday.

The labour law does make provisions for personal events, for instance, pregnancy, marriage, moving home, death in the family, (for men – the birth of a child), and also for legal obligations (military service) etc.  The amount of time is not set by law and should be stated by the employment regulations and rules of a company.

  1. Fair compensation; in Switzerland, there is no minimum wage. Salaries, however, are among the highest worldwide, but in Switzerland, you also work long hours for that salary. Salaries are negotiated before the commencement of a contract and then also stipulated in the said contract.

All deductions, like, pension, UIF, health insurance, will also be included in the contract.  In Switzerland, an employee can expect to be compensated once a month and at the end of the year receive a 13th payment.

These factors are all things that should be taken into account before a contract between an Employer and Employee is signed.  It will make future dealings with possible problems much easier.

The Swiss Automotive Industry Is Not Known For Producing Complete Cars; They Supply Vehicle Parts, Accessories, And More.

Switzerland is not generally known for their Automotive Industry.  When we think Swiss, thoughts of precision clockwork, gorgeous chocolate, exquisite cheeses and excellent financing come to mind.  But the Swiss did have their automotive moments, with the accent on, “did have”, except if you plan to hire a luxury car in Zurich, where you’ll find lots of options.

Early in the 1970s, the Swiss automotive industry had its peak and then disappeared.  Switzerland had one of the most dynamic automotive companies in the world.  Monteverdi was a company that aspired to become the leader in Swiss auto-creation and the provision of exotic cars.  However, because of poor management and the unrealistic expectations of its founder, Peter Monteverdi, the company came to a sputtering end in the early 1990s.

The Monteverdi was not the only vehicle in the Swiss auto trade.  Sbarro and Enzmann were also trying to gain a small piece of Auto supremacy.  They too failed.

List of Previously Produced Swiss Cars:

These cars, in a certain sense, still continue to exist.  If not in present-day manufacturing, it still exists in the memories of enthusiasts that loved Swiss cars.

Presently, the Swiss do not manufacture motor vehicles in Switzerland.  There are vehicle companies that are Swiss owned, but they do not operate from within Switzerland.  The production of vehicles within Switzerland has long since ceased to exist.

However, since the first appearance of car manufacturers in Europe, Switzerland had been involved in the manufacturing of parts, the prototyping of special cars, racing, etc. All vehicles on the market probably feature some kind of Swiss product.

Present-day Automotive Industry in Switzerland:

Although cars are not manufactured in Switzerland anymore, the Swiss still have a thriving, high in demand, Automotive Industry.

The present-day automotive industry in Switzerland supplies a great variety of products for vehicles.  Any car has some type of high-tech function located somewhere in the engine or inside the interior of the car.  Most of these high-tech solutions have their origin in Switzerland.

High-tech components for vehicles, such as sensory technologies or surface technologies, are only a few of the automotive designs that have their origin in the Swiss Automotive Industry.  Except for a few known associations with prominent or famous automotive companies, worldwide, the Swiss Automotive Industry, (as a supplier), is not a well-known fact.

The Swiss Automotive Industry:

The Swiss Automotive Industry, within Switzerland, mostly supplies accessories, spare parts and tires.  They are also providing garage equipment and also give home to many luxury car rental agencies, like  Studies in the automotive supplier industry showed an expected larger growth margin and an excellent future.

The continuous growth of car manufacturers and the competition between these car producers is becoming fiercer, daily.  These companies are forced to adapt and improve on all their new models all the latest technologies and at lower costs.  Manufacturers cannot produce and develop all the parts and technologies they need for producing the best vehicles.

However, this is good news for automotive suppliers, especially the Swiss Automotive Industry.  There is great interest in the Swiss mass-produced products because of their high quality and precision.