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Chairman Note

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Chairman’s Note

by Antoni F. Reczek, chairman of the board, British Polish Chamber of Commerce


At the chamber’s Annual General Meeting, held on 29 May 2019, members voted unanimously to restructure the BPCC from an English Company Limited by Guarantee to a Polish employer’s organisation, and to to accept the accounts for the last financial year.

Editorial Note

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Editorial Note

By Michael Dembinski and Dorota Kierbiedź


This is the most significant, and most useful, issue of Contact Magazine Online for a long, long time.

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An attractive package for an attractive market

Rowena Everson, CEO Standard Chartered Poland, talks to Michael Dembinski, the BPCC’s chief advisor about the challenges of finding and keeping top people for the bank’s global business services centre in Warsaw.

Human Resources

Social climate – what it is and how does it impact employees’ behaviour?

By Dorota Grudzień Molenda, managing partner, Arthur Hunt Consulting Polska


Nowadays most organisations have started focusing on workplace surrounding and the welfare of the employees.

Human Resources

The advantages of modern HR and payroll outsourcing

By Justyna Trochimiuk, payroll manager at ASB Poland Sp. z o.o.


HR and payroll outsourcing is a strategic tool used by companies to improve the functioning of the personnel department, as well as the entire enterprise.

Human Resources

Why it’s worth changing your approach to planning work time

By Łukasz Chodkowski, managing director, Déhora


We are currently facing challenges that no one has ever had to deal with in the labour market in Poland before.

Human Resources

Culture and business strategy – the Future Processing way

Magdalena Markowska-Barańska, branding & communication team, Future Processing


Browsing through a few flagship HR portals or some HR magazines gives you the feeling that some topics will never be fully exhausted. And rightly so.

Human Resources

Counteroffer - a solution to employment struggles?

by Malwina Bugajak, consultant, Hays Poland


Sooner or later all employees are open to new job opportunities, even when they are quite satisfied with their current employer.

Human Resources

Reinvention of retention schemes to keep employees loyal

By Monika Krzyszkowska-Dąbrowska, attorney-at-law, head of employment practice, Linklaters


In the current HR market situation, employers must implement various measures to attract and retain employees.

Human Resources

Dealing with unpaid leave

by Agnieszka Morawska, specialist, Mazars – HR Administration & Payroll Services Department


The most common type of the unpaid leave in Poland is a leave granted on general terms (urlop bezpłatny udzielany na zasadach ogólnych).

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Remote working – a future-oriented work model

By Dorota Mielnik, business development manager, Eversoft


During my discussions with potential customers about working together in a remote working model I often hear the following objection: “I understand your point of view, but I like to have my team in the office with me.”

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Why flexibility alone isn’t enough

By IWG, the world’s largest provider of workspaces like Regus and Spaces on the Polish market


Modern businesses are aspiring to not only be flexible, but agile also. But what’s the difference, and why does it matter?

Human Resources

International Education in Poland

By Tom McGrath, principal, British Primary School of Wilanów


The international school market in Poland is a growing one, but in many ways it remains under-developed in comparison to countries of its size in Europe or in Asia.

Human Resources

Five steps for building a stronger employer brand

Hubert Kifner, employee practice leader, MSL


Brilliant businesses are built from the inside out. Employees unlock commercial success, make or break reputations and generate powerful advocacy, from the bottom of an organisation to the top.

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Managing Wellbeing@Work: introducing business metrics to the C-suite table

By Ewa Stelmasiak, The Wellness Institute


The Wellness Institute partners with individuals and organisations to enhance their levels of wellbeing and employee self-care, for better health and performance.

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Employing foreigners without tears or red tape

by Dariusz Ronka, communication specialist, KS Service


The Polish labour market has undergone a radical transformation in recent years. Just seven years ago, the unemployment rate was still in double digits.

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The human factor

by Lesley Meall, journalist


Accountants will need to reassess their relationship with technology as the areas where automation meets emotional intelligence increase.

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The growing potential of Polish cities

By Jan Banasikowski, HR & location advisory expert, CBRE


The ever-improving situation on the labour market and growing demand for modern office space prove that the Polish real estate sector is gaining momentum.

Human Resources

New rules on employee documentation: A huge stride or just a small step forward?

By Adam Nierzwicki, counsel, and Paweł Lasota, senior associate, both on the employment team at Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland


Digitisation, a shorter retention period, more clarity – but also additional formalities and new obligations for employers wanting to fully benefit from the new regulations on employee documentation.

Human Resources

Awareness building in leadership coaching processes

by Lucyna Baca-Lönn, Graphology Solutions Group


Leadership coaching is currently regarded as an effective and an efficient method of the leaders’ growth and development.

Human Resources

Realising the Future of Work

By Jan Karasek, partner, and Magda Stawska, senior manager, both from the Advisory Department at KPMG in Poland


Organisations worldwide are entering an era of monumental change: digital disruption, globalisation, redefined business models, changing demographics, growing talents in multigenerational teams, regulatory compliance, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and machine learning (ML).

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From distraction to concentration

By Beata Osiecka, managing director, Kinnarps Poland


Do you find your flow at work?

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City Week London aims to remain in the forefront of financial markets through innovation and connectivity

By Marzena Richter, partner, Staniszewski & Richter, board member, BPCC


Having attended City Week last month at the Guildhall in London, I was struck by the absence of Brexit in some of the presentations made by a mixture of City CEOs and EU ministers.

Human Resources

Risk readiness drops to lowest level in 12 years

Aon’s 2019 Global Risk Management Survey identifies the challenges faced when assessing and responding to risks. As well as traditional risks that have always faced business, new ones are emerging and becoming graver.

Events coverage

Construction & Real Estate Breakfast

On the 7th of June we hosted the BPCC’s second quarterly breakfast this year bringing together people connected with the built environment to swap insights into how the Polish market is developing. This event had a logistics and distribution focus, but discussion broadened further to cover the office, retail and residential sectors.

Events coverage

Business Ferryboat Cruise & Party

On May 30th, yet another BPCC & EY joint cruise took place aboard the NEREIDA cruiser.

Events coverage

Spring Business Mixer in Kraków hosted by Sticky Fingers @ Stalowe Magnolie

On the 21st of May Spring Business Mixer was held in Kraków to provide opportunity to mix together for the members of the two strong chambers having activities in the south of Poland. It is already a tradition that British-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Scandinavian-Polish Chamber of Commerce meet at least once a year in Kraków.

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Real Estate Forum in Wroclaw

The amount of data collected by companies around the world is growing exponentially. Will artificial intelligence come to the rescue?

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Polish builders, British problems

The Third British-Polish Construction Forum took place on 24 May 2019 at the NatWest Conference Centre in the City of London. Organised by PBLINK, the event has become a regular fixture in the business calendar.

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Polish government sets out plans for blockchain to BPCC members

Dr Maciej Kawecki, director of the data-management department of the Ministry of Digital Affairs, was the keynote speaker at a meeting of the BPCC’s Technology, Media and Telecoms policy group on 3 April 2019, which focused on blockchain (distributed ledger technology, or DLT).