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Chairman’s and CEO’s note

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Chairman’s and CEO’s note

By Antoni F. Reczek, chairman of the board and Paweł Siwecki, CEO, BPCC


Dear Members,

This issue of Contact Magazine Online brings more outstanding HR insights and practical advice from our member companies; there's much valuable reading for you here, of use when running businesses in Poland.

Editorial note

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Editorial Note

by Michael Dembinski, chief advisor, and Dorota Kierbiedź, membership director


You’d think that four issues of Contact Magazine Online on from the start of the pandemic, there would be little more to say on the matter – but not a bit of it! With each passing month, the business experience collectively gained, the insights acquired, are all adding up to a huge learning experience that will be of value to executives for the rest of their careers.

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Wanted – accountable, agile, employees. And managers.

Yannick Coulange, managing director, PageGroup Poland, talks to the BPCC’s Michael Dembinski about how recruitment and executive search has changed as a result of the pandemic – which changes are temporary, and which will become permanent.


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Health and wellbeing, creativity and adaptability

Sue Hill, principal of The British School Warsaw, talks to Michael Dembinski about taking up her new post in the middle of a pandemic, and about the importance of an international education


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Lessons from lockdown for the tech sector

Aleksandra Babicka, head of HR for HL Tech, talks to the BPCC’s Michael Dembinski about how the tech arm of the UK’s largest online financial supermarket coped with the challenges of the pandemic – and what legacy it will leave for the firm’s future development.

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The direction of change in the labour market

By, Marc Burrage, managing director at Hays Poland

This year has been unique in every aspect of business, including the situation seen in the labour market. Changes that have occurred have posed new challenges for many companies struggling to keep their heads above water; they have also changed how professionals perceive their future.

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Leading people in agility

By Anna Trochim, country HR manager, Cushman & Wakefield


For most organisations in Poland, the last nine months have been a period of great uncertainty, continuous analyses, development of future scenarios, and reformulation of the way they think and operate. Leaders and managers – albeit seemingly less visible and hidden behind computer screens – are now stepping into the spotlight on a much larger arena. Each decision they make, each word they utter and each action they take is instantly evaluated by their employees, business partners, friends or strangers – in the offline and online realm alike. Will leadership skills in the ‘new normal’ have to differ from those that were desirable in the pre-Covid-19 environment?

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Employee wellbeing as a key issue during pandemic

By Daria Kulińska, head of communications, Tesco Poland, president of the Tesco Foundation and BPCC board member


Social isolation related to the coronavirus pandemic, and fears for their own and their loved ones’ health cause many people to fall into the trap of negative emotions. In this difficult time, it is extremely important to support employees.

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The perseverance of resilient leadership: Sustaining impact on the road to Thrive

By John Guziak, partner, human capital leader, Deloitte Poland / source:Deloitte Insights


Building trust with courageous leadership

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There’s never been a better time to hire temp workers through an agency

by Dariusz Ronka, communication specialist, KS Service


This has been an extremely difficult year for entrepreneurs, business leaders and entire national economies. Since Covid-19 was recognised as a pandemic by the WHO on 11 March 11, there have been 65 million cases of infection across 190 countries, and over 1.5 million deaths.

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Terminating employment during the pandemic

By Karolina Kanclerz and Julita Kołodziejska, PCS Paruch Chruściel Schiffter | Littler Global


Can you terminate an employment contract online? Coronavirus has been our new reality for eight months now, and many of us have largely transitioned to remote working. It seems that many aspects of the work we do, as well as our HR tasks, do not necessarily have to be done on-site with physical participation from both parties. But what about firing employees?

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By Aleksandra Hajdukiewicz, Oliwia Kruczyńska, Justyna Tofil from Kołecka Law Firm


The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated the development of new technologies and is contributing to the digitalisation of the labour market. Firms should pay particular attention to protection of their employees' personal data, especially information which is collected electronically.

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Remote work – the new normality?

By Łukasz Chodkowski, managing director, Déhora Poland


When analysing the current situation at the labour market, it’s worth checking the predictions we made back in April regarding to HR challenges ahead.

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Amendments to employment terms and conditions during the pandemic

By Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk, senior associate, responsible for the Employment Practice in Hogan Lovells Warsaw


Covid-19 has changed everything. It has forced changes in labour relationships. A number of firms have realised that they should examine the benefits offered to their employees since some of them are no longer necessary in order to carry out the duties resulting from their employment contracts.

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Have remote work and Covid-19 eliminated discrimination and mobbing?

By Paula Koczara, attorney-at-law, associate in the Employment team in Warsaw, Bird & Bird


With the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has brought employers enormous challenges. In the first months of the pandemic, adapting to the need to reorganise work was the most urgent of these. Increasing use of remote work hasn’t released employers from their other obligations under the Labour Code, obligations that include counteracting mobbing and respecting the principle of equal treatment in employment.

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Protecting jobs during the pandemic Poland’s experience with European job-support programmes

By Anna Gwiazda, attorney at law, head of labour practice at Kochański & Partners


The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected the labour market. Employers in most European countries are facing the same problems: a decline in turnover, liquidity issues, interrupted supply chains, production problems, ensuring safe conditions at work or remote working for large groups of workers, and the absence of employees due to isolation or quarantine.

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Legal aspects of life and doing business in Poland

By Łukasz Śliwiński, attorney-at-law, Daria Goliszewska, M&A and Corporate practice, Joanna Goryca, Tax practice, Aleksandra Wójcik, Employment & Global Mobility practice, Wardyński & Partners


Interested in starting or expanding your business in Poland and moving there?

In this article we explain the legal aspects of business and life in Poland, such as starting a business, dealing with taxes across different forms of activity, and how the Polish healthcare and education systems work.

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What an employer needs to know when an employee is infected with coronavirus?

By Katarzyna Błażejewska, project manager, HR services & payroll, Mazars in Poland


The coronavirus pandemic persists. More and more people are getting infected with SARS-CoV-2 every day. What actions should be taken by the employer if one of the employees contracts the disease?

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Why we should train more if we want to hit the ground running after Covid-19

by Andrew Perkins, global director - leadership and professional development at Kaplan Professional


As we reignite our businesses, there’s one thing our people will remember about the last few weeks and months: how we treated them. We may have had to cut their pay and asked them to work remotely. Some may have had to exit the business completely.

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Leadership coaching and leaders’ effectiveness

by Lucyna Baca-Lönn, leadership & business trainer and founding director of Graphology Solutions Group; board member of the BPCC


Leadership coaching has a great influence on the main areas of leaders’ lives, often simultaneously. It is a holistic process which concentrates on a leaders’ transformation and strives for their authenticity and self-realisation. Leaders undergo a transformational change to discover and realise their potential and effectively apply it in the organisational context. Their transformation is visible on a behavioural level as a consequence of their internal deep change that contributes to the organisation performance.

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Why 2021 should be a ‘Speak Up’ year in your company?

By Katarzyna Saganowska LL.M, compliance director, TMF Poland


When analyzing changes in Polish regulatory landscape in 2021, it’s difficult not to notice regulators rising attention towards whistleblower protection. To name but a few examples; there has been a proposal for a new act on Criminal Liability of Collective Entities as well as a EU Directive on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law, which obliges entrepreneurs to create internal processes and procedures for handling and protecting whistleblowers. Undertakings subject to the new regulations are recommended to already take the first steps to review and possibly expand the existing policies and procedures, develop the legal and ethical awareness of their staff and equip their organizations with suitable technical tools and solutions.

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Posting of workers across EU member states – new rules in force

By Ewa Guerri, international tax specialist, Accreo


Are you a home company, posting your worker abroad? Or you are a host company, benefiting from expats’ work?

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By Krzysztof Wróbel, board member of Freightliner PL


This is the story of how a specialist rail transportation company became one of Poland’s top employers, built by an award-winning team of ‘the strongest people’.

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Remote work: a benefit or a risk?

By Monika Krzyszkowska-Dąbrowska and Agnieszka Kornecka, Linklaters

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, remote work has become widespread. Statutory measures made available to employers allow them to ask employees to work outside their usual workplace.

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Gen Zers count on development and good atmosphere

Almost 70% of Gen Zers dream of a good atmosphere at work and being able to hone their skills, reveals Gen Z: A Workplace of the Leaders of the Future, a report from global real-estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.

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Responsible development answers to society and to the environment

Mix Group is a developer from Kraków with over 20 years of experience in the real estate market. Its long-term strategy is to introduce activities in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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Working from Home 2020

Kinnarps, Kozmiński University, Polski Instytut Środowiska Pracy (the Polish institute of the working environment) and Pro Progressio, published a report on a collective survey on home office conditions and challenges while practising social distancing during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, from March to June 2020.

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Healthy future at any age

Healthy future at any age, which took place online on 12 November 2020 was an exceptional meeting of international representatives of science and academia, business, regulators and investors, focusing on the development of healthy longevity agenda in our region and beyond.