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"Back to Work - How We Still Add Real Value in the Digital World"

In other words: There's far too little actual work being done! Instead, in most companies employees and their bosses spend more than half their time doing jobs that look like work, but simply aren't: standard meetings, annual meetings, budget negotiations, reports, approval procedures, PowerPoint presentations, corporate mission statements, organisational charts and a whole lot more. In short, a lot of stuff that makes people look busy, but doesn't generate any added value, doesn't serve the customer and is thus ultimately only one thing: a waste of time and resources!

In his keynote speech, Lars Vollmer identified this phenomenon, which creates hardship for all those involved, and could be the downfall of many companies over the next few years. He analysed what is going wrong in companies and why it is often the case that the level of responsibility being assumed is not as high as desired or as it is touted to be. He exposed the opponents of real responsibility and how companies stick to practices that, at their core, are a hundred years old, even though companies are operating in 21st-century digital markets.

Born in 1971, Lars Vollmer is the founder of the Intrinsify think tank, the largest German-speaking network for the new world of work and modern corporate governance. He lives in Barcelona, is a passionate jazz pianist and music connoisseur, loves puns, simple, unpretentious design and good coffee.

You can find out more about Lars Vollmer at

Interview with Lars Vollmer

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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

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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.

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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

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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.