Interview with State Secretary Eva De Bleeker

How do you see the working environment in Belgium generally evolving in the future? What major changes can one expect? 


lt is clear that digitalisation and innovation will continue to play a major role. Robotization, automation, artificial intelligence, and so forth -all these innovations will cause us to look for other traits in people besides their work-related qualifications. Creativity and human added value will therefore become much more important. This will also translate in extensive specialisation. Employees will focus more on very specific niches. As a result, it is not illogical that they will start to organize themselves independently more often and offer their services to more employers.

lt is logical that, within this changing framework, we must encourage flexibility and mobility between jobs, sectors and regions. Interim management can play a role there. In this way, we do not only get people to work more and longer, but also for the companies themselves

there is a lot of profit to be made here. Each task or project is unique and requires the right person in the right place. This is also a good thing for talented professionals: sufficient variety in their careers will ensure that they remain stimulated and motivated for a long period of time.

How will the relationship between employer and employee evolve over the next 15 years? Do you think there are more and more self-employed people on the labor market? Will people change jobs more often and faster? 


A process that is already underway today and will continue to gain importance is the curtailment of labor relations. The classic 'dream' of working for the same employer all your life has been taken over by something else for a while now. The flexibility and mobility that we need on the labor market therefore fits perfectly into our zeitgeist.

In addition, I personally think that, both short and long-term employment relationships have nothing to do with hierarchy and I advocate to let go of this thought as much as possible. I hear that happening in more and more organizations today. 'Getting the job done' is much more important than putting energy into hierarchical tangles and long lines of communication. In addition, increased participation at all levels helps refreshing ideas to emerge.

How do Interim Managers succeed in making companies healthy and prosperous in the long term? 


That's obvious. The knowledge that interim managers bring is very specifically focused on the exact needs of the companies. You get bread from the bakery, management from managers. That division of labor and the trading of one's services, the things that each of us excels at, are a good and healthy recipe for success.

In addition, interim managers always bring a fresh perspective to the companies they work for. They share good practices from their experiences at other companies, ensure continuous innovation and are thus less stuck in time-consuming corporate habits. In this way, they let companies focus increasingly on their core tasks and ensure a consequential growth.

"Interim Managers always bring a fresh perspective to the companies they work for"

What will remain or become the most important assets of the Belgian economy in the next 15 years? 


Our Belgian economy excels in many things. Our country, at the crossroads of Europe, is one of the most important international economic hubs. Moreover, the level of education in our country is high and we also put ourselves on the international map!

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