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A beautiful new world of work? A vision for work, leadership and companies.

We are facing some radical changes. Whether it's a digital transformation with new business models, a change in values with a desire for a better work-life balance and greater participation in the democratic process or upcoming demographic pressure: All of these developments ensure that our organisations and thus our working environments are undergoing massive and lasting change. The driving force behind this new world and how it will look in the future was the focus of the lecture "A beautiful new world of work? A vision for work, leadership and companies" given by the former Telekom executive and HR creative pioneer Thomas Sattelberger at Hays Forum 2015. In his presentation, Mr. Sattelberger outlined the key trends employment must face up to and developed scenarios exploring what these will mean for leadership, organisations and work itself. Following his lecture there was a lively discussion.

Thomas Sattelberger has almost four decades of management and HR experience behind him. After almost 20 years in management with the then Daimler-Benz AG, his career path led him in 1999 to join the Board of Directors of Lufthansa Passage Airline. He was subsequently Director of Human Resources at Continental AG for five years. He also held the same position with Deutsche Telekom AG until May 2012. He is still considered the leading HR manager in Germany and is the CEO of the BDA / BDI initiative "Creating A Mint Future". He is also the spokesman for the initiative "New Quality of Work”, is a fellow of the International Academy of Management and a member of various supervisory and advisory boards.

Interview with Thomas Sattelberger (in German only)
"A beautiful new world of work? A vision for work, leadership and companies."

A summary of the presentation for the Hays-Forum 2015 is available for download (in German only). The files are provided in PDF format for your convenience. Please note that you will need the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® program to open these files on your computer.

Before Mr. Sattelberger's presentation, we presented the results of our current HR report for 2014/2015 "New Avenues of Leadership – Stumbling Blocks and Challenges" for which we surveyed over 600 business decision makers.

HR report 2014/2015. Focus leadership.

You can download the brochure here or order a print version (only available in German).

Our past events (2012-2020)


Hays-Forum 2012

Corporate success is based on a well-founded value system that gives people orientation. But which values ensure lasting success in the company and in the lives of individuals? Anselm Bilgri provides answers.

Teams for the future

Hays-Forum 2013

For companies to act successfully in the market, many things must interact and interlock. In his lecture, Prof. Dr Hans-Dieter Hermann shows what is necessary for teams to act successfully.

Neurology & Economy

Hays-Forum 2014

What does the growing understanding of how our brain works mean for our business actions? The well-known brain researcher and psychologist Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes provides interesting insights.

Future images

Hays-Forum 2015

Thomas Sattelberger can look back on almost four decades of experience in management and HR work, marked by upheavals and digitalisation.

Digital transformation

Hays-Forum 2016

Prof. Sonja Sackmann, Ph.D. provides interesting insights from research on digital transformation.

Dynamic teams

Hays-Forum 2017

Success comes when individual performance is combined with teamwork. This results in dynamic teams - in business as in sport. Markus Weise on the parallels between sport and business.


Hays-Forum 2018

An alternative path to an agile company runs through clever experiments - also and especially in organisational and leadership issues. Dirk Osmetz and Stefan Kaduk provide new insights.

Back to work

Hays-Forum 2019

In his keynote speech, Lars Vollmer identifies the phenomenon of failed value creation, which creates suffering for all people involved and could break the neck of many companies in the coming years.

Learning processes

Hays-Forum 2020

Due to the pandemic situation in 2020, the Hays Forum could not take place to the full planned extent. In 2021, the Hays Forum will take place with the same topic as a digital format.