This workshop is for (HR) managers and/or entrepreneurs who seek to pursue a #PeopleFirst approach – contemporary HR, not only in the Netherlands but also globally, is the pursuit of new leadership and new forms of organising the workplace environment.

We especially consider how to get started, by reviewing how to match your organisation’s HR structures, tools and practices, to support a pursuit of people over systems.

All of the above is also discussed and considered within the context of modern philosophies, personal values and vitally, that of your organisation – how does one navigate the employer/employee relationship in our ever-changing world? In the workshop we will, together, work on the practical situation and issues of everyone’s organization and role. In addition, the trainer will provide relevant practical cases and dilemmas – and solutions for them.


Available philosophies & approaches:

  • what is the philosophy of organisation development, described by Frederic Laloux in his book Reinventing Organizations?
  • Overview of self-organisation of teams through use of, among others, Agile working or working with squads & tribes; and
  • The models of Sociocracy & Holacracy.

We consider the ‘frontrunner organisations’ and study their concepts to guide us in considering the success stories, when pursuing alternative HR management, as opposed to traditional methodologies.

If we change, what are the implications?

  • must we implement new HR tools entirely, and how do we ensure that the approaches are aligned with each other and with the overarching philosophy?
  • do we want to abandon traditional ‘HR cycle’ talks in their entirety and what do we replace them with?
  • How do we ‘marry’ contemporary HR models with traditional collective labour agreements or personnel policies already in place?

Among other things, we pay attention to:

  • Recruitment by team colleagues
  • Roles instead of functions and task descriptions
  • Goal definition & target setting by employees and teams
  • Flexible handling of leave / vacation, as required
  • Self-assessment (by employees and teams)
  • Determining level and annual remuneration by the team themselves
  • Development interviews within a team instead of appraisal interviews
  • Dismissal only after a defined conflict resolution mechanism with mediation
  • Group-oriented decision making (often based on indigenous traditions and “live” or digital dialogue forms).

We consider and discuss the best approach in adopting change – is it the “big bang” or do we rather implement a step-by-step change management process?


After completing this course, you will:

  • know how you can best fulfil your role as a manager or HR professional in a way that suits you and your organisation in a modern world, by embracing contemporary HR practices; and
  • be capable of managing change within the context of Dutch employment law frameworks.


To register, complete the form below!

Workshop location

The workshops are held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Villa Mollerus (Mollerusstraat 1) in Baarn, 10 m. walk from Baarn train station, circa 30 min. from Amsterdam and Utrecht. They always include an extensive lunch, in the same building.

‘On location’ workshops are hybrid, i.e. they allow for online participation as well, which works well given the fact that we work in small groups (maximum number of 8 participants). The prices for the on-site and online workshops are the same.


This one-day workshop is one of seven modules of the Learning path Dutch labour law and HRM for contemporary management. We also offer this workshop as an in-company or as a one-on-one session, customized to the needs of your organization and yourself. 

Dates in 2024

Your investment

€ 997, excluding VAT, payable in advance and including one hour personal intake & advice, reading materials, lunch & tea/coffee.

There is a 10% discount from the purchase of the fourth module, per person. .

If your branch, professional or network organization has a cooperation agreement with us, a discount may apply. Indicate this under remarks during registration, stating the organization.

Your investment

There is no prescribed order for completing our Dutch Labour Law & HR programme though it is advisable to start with Module 1 as it deals with the basics of Dutch Employment Law, ideally followed by Module 2.

You can also book this course as a one-day workshop. Investment: € 997 excluding VAT (including reading materials, lunch, tea/coffee) payable in advance.

Included is a 30-minute to one-hour personal intake & advice session (online) – remember, it’s all about you!

If your branch, professional or network organisation has a cooperation agreement with us, a discount may be applicable. Indicate this under remarks during registration, making reference to your organisation.


The course was extremely useful – I feel a lot more informed and confident to purse matters in the workplace. I like the approach – not ‘death by powerpoint’! Was never boring. About the trainer: 10/10, very easy to listen to, engaging and relaxed. I like the inclusion of group experience and advice too.

Janine Smith

Really useful course for my work. I work in HR in the Netherlands for a mid-large size company. It really showed me areas we aren’t doing things correctly, and where we can improve.

Jeanie Edwards

Backbase B.V.
I appreciated that the trainer could share his rich experience in Dutch employment law and that we could discuss specific practical examples in a small group of participants.

Kerstin Herzog

Brunswick EMEA

Content was well paced and all suitable for application in an HR setting. Arthur was a very good trainer in that he not only explained what the law states but he also gave some very good examples that were easy to grasp and see how the law is applied. (10/10 via Springest)

Tessa Marie van Avendonk

Corinthia Hotel, HR Manager

It was an amazing training day filled with essential Dutch employment topics and we were able to address personal workplace scenarios to help us navigate our policies/new approaches right away. Arthur was a great with many insights. I would highly recommend! facilitator with many insights. I would highly recommend! (10/10 via Springest)

Cassandra Rodenhurst

SilverFlow, HR Manager

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