Improve the competiveness of Hungary and contribute to a better society by supporting members to achieve world-class levels of HR effectiveness and impact
The HR Committee started its work in the 2009. Our main goal has been to bring more attention to HR issues in member companies, to involve HR leaders and managers into AmCham’s life and to create a platform for thinking together, sharing issues and challenges and getting to solutions by learning from each-other and sharing best practices. In addition, the HR Committee was also created as a platform for corporate and non-corporate HR professionals to meet and get to know each other better.
On the 28 of April, 2015, the Board of Directors appointed Zsolt Fehér as chairman of the HR Committee. Zsolt is CEO of Assessment Systems International and has been an active member of the committee. The AmCham Board would like to thank László Szépkúti for his dedicated work with the committee and for his continued support as co-lead of the Talent Policy Task Force of AmCham.
- Foster and address HR issues that are important to the global competitiveness of the country.
- Provide members with an opportunity to actively participate in resolving issues of common interest impacting the operations of their respective businesses.
- Create transparency for HR values towards to the business leaders.
- Learn from each other.
Letter from the Chairman:
“Last year we made the assumption that the challenges the Hungarian economy and our members are facing from an HR perspective were clear; we just need to find out how to tackle them and help our members find the best solutions. We focused on the lack of skilled blue collar workers and IT professionals, the wide salary gap between Western European workplaces and Hungary and the exclusion of 50+ job seekers from the talent pipeline. We also believe that the situation has not changed dramatically since last year. We have been focusing on solutions in this regard, but we believe this is only the first step on a longer road and much work is still ahead of us. We are going to continue to address the issue of lack of workers from the job market, focusing on new ways to involve and select better and better workforce for our businesses.”
Main activities and achievements in 2018
HR Dream Day
As a biannual tradition, the IV HR Dream Day: “Disruptive vs. Classic” was arranged on May 30, 2018 at Google Ground. The intriguing event featured two keynote speakers (Natavan Aliyeva from Lee Hecht Harrison, and Eszter Vida from SentiOne) and three panel discussions, focusing respectively on: recruitment and employer branding; development; and leadership development. Zsolt Fehér, chairman of the HR Committee, opened the event by highlighting that “we are already living the future” and the goal of the event is to help HR leaders get closer to business leaders by better understanding current trends, such as digitalization. “We are also looking back in history, as in the last 30 years a lot of good practices were introduced in recruitment or development, and these do not necessarily need to be changed,” he added.
New technologies are not only changing the way companies evaluate prospective employees, but are changing the ways in which people apply for jobs. Csaba Fehér led a fiveperson panel discussion to evaluate the impact of these new dynamics. Éva Uzsák from Aon Hungary moderated the day’s second discussion, during which the four panelists shared perspectives both on how best to move HR departments forward and on the best means of motivating employees and evaluating performance. Judit Ábri von Bartheld, a coaching tutor from Henley Business School (U.K.) and Coaching Without Borders (CHN) Kft., took the day’s final anelists on a thought-provoking, and often divisive, discussion on leadership development.
We would like to thank our sponsors, Assessment Systems, Coaching Without Borders, Managementor, Oracle and Simonyi & Tóth Personnel.
Knowledge improvement sessions
October 17, 2018: “Developing Your Resilience At Work: How To Thrive When Facing Changes And Challenges At Work” Invited special guest speaker: Dr. Rose Aghdami, Consulting and Coaching Psychologist, resilience Specialist, Director of RARE Consulting. Our special guest speaker was arranged by Judit Ábri, founder of Coaching Határok Nélkül.
Cooperation on events
The Committee also endorsed the “Future Of Coaching In Organizations”, a European-scale conference on April 19-20. The event was held in Budapest, hosted by the International Coaching Federation and Hogan Assessments, with international speakers such as Dr. Robert Hogan, founder of Hogan Assessments from the United States and Colin McIlheney, global research director of PwC from Ireland, and attendees from more than 30 countries.
We also held regular meetings with the following speakers and topics in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018:
- March 12, 2018: Is The Labor Shortage The Real Issue? – János Köllő and István János Tóth, authors and editors of ‘Munkaerőpiaci Tükör 2016’; senior research fellows at the Hungarian Academy of Science
- September 18, 2018: Employee Experience/Engagement/ Retention – Viktória Győrffy, HR director, Hydro Extrusion Hungary Kft. – Előd Solti, Managing Partner, certified management consultant, Solti&Partners – Andreas Rabenseifner, co-founder and product lead, Plenuum
- December 4, 2018: Employees Of The Future – Marianna Mészáros, vice president human resources and managing director, IT Services Hungary – Éva Paulovics, CEO, JobsGarden – Kinga Valkó, regional HR director at Ford Motor Company
- March 28, 2017: CEO session with Krisztina Varga and Márk Hetényi: How can HR solve the biggest business challenges in 2017 – digitalization, 50+ and talent pool shortage
- May 18, 2017: IT education roundtable: Can the business solve the shortage of digital workforce?
- June 13, 2017: Where is the wage spiral headed? Can increased compensations keep the workforce in Hungary and bring talents home?
- March 23, 2016: Future of HR roundtable with Tamás Barathi, Founder at Colibri HR Solutions, winner of the HR Innovator Award 2015; Viktória Kelevéz, senior HR manager, Budapest Bank; second place in the HR Innovator Award 2015 and Lili Gergácz, HR director, Kürt Zrt; member of the HR Innovator Award Jury
- June 20, 2016: Extraordinary HR committee meeting with Ágnes Kovács, Olympic champion on “The Road to the Olympic Gold – motivation and competences enabling peak performance”. Our special guest speaker was arranged by András Hajnal, co-founder of Sportalkímia, a training company specialized in bringing the unique know-how of professional athletes to the corporate world.
- October 17, 2016: Talent shortage and workforce retention in key jobs - Joint meeting of the HR Committee and the Talent Policy Task Force
- June 18, 2015: Networking event hosted by Budapest Marriott Hotel
- September 23, 2015: Extreme Human Resource Management with guest speaker Aleksandra Samulewicz, Managing Director, Philip Morris Hungary Ltd
- October 21, 2015: Corporate vs. Start-up HR practices with guest speakers Júlia Füredi (UniCredit Bank), Dávid László Papp (CloudAgents), and Kriszta Csala (Design Terminál) organized in cooperation with the Joint Venture Association
- December 9, 2015: CEO perspective – HR challenges of the servicing industry with guest speaker Katalin Pintér, majority owner and CEO of Gerbeaud Gasztronómiai Kft.
With Zsolt’s leadership, the committee launched the fully booked HR Academy series for young, mid-level HR managers. The purpose of the series is to learn from the most successful HR solution providers in five modules about the latest trends in selection and development of employees and analytical tools. The Committee organized the fully booked HR Dream Day III. - Looking into the Crystal Ball of HR on April 14, 2016 at the Google Grund. To read more please visit: http://www.amcham.hu/hr-dream-day-iii-finds-answer-to-digital-disruption-and-talent-shortage
Legal Snapshots mini-series, covering one legal area in approximately 10 minutes at each committee meeting, sharing the latest updates and good-to-know necessities in HR-related legal topics. Our topics in 2015 were:
- Data Protection, presented by DLA Piper
- Alternative Ways of Working by CMS Cameron McKenna
Focus points of work safety and labour inspections in 2016 – What can be expected? by Rátkai ügyvédi iroda.
The HR Staff Knowledge Improvement Session also continued, with the professional help of AmCham member company Coaching Határok Nélkül (CHN).
- May 6, 2015: Professor Peter Hawkins on Team Coaching
- February 25, 2016: Dr. Rose Aghdami on Brown is the new black - We have all heard about burnout, but do you know about brownout?
- November 24, 2016: Mindfulness: a fluffy fad, or sound business sense? with Liz Hall.
- September 26, 2017: Mindfulness at work – HR knowledge improvement session with Liz Hall
Our special guest speakers were arranged by AmCham member Ábri Judit, founder of Coaching Határok Nélkül.
Another successful initiative is the HR Academy series, launched in Fall 2015 and continued in Fall 2016. The purpose of the series is to provide an opportunity for young, mid-level HR managers from AmCham member companies to learn about the newest trends of HR – from the most successful HR solution providers. Internal HR professionals are responsible for a plethora of tasks, with the constant drive to stay ahead of the curve and know the market well. The „HR Academy” brings a connoisseur’s selection to the table, offering a comprehensive education in five modules on the latest trends in selection and development of employees and analytical tools. An additional aim of the series is to build a strong and lasting relationship with the participants, the future leaders in HR.
Finally, we are proud to have successfully launched and concluded the Coach up! project, together with the International Coaching Federation. Thirty member companies participated in the pro bono program, working with ACC and PCC coaches. The project also won the ‘I Care For’ Award at the ICF Global Leaders Forum on March 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. AmCham Hungary would like to thank László Szépkúti, chairman of the HR Committee and Judit Ábri, ICF PCC executive coach, Coach up! project leader for designing and driving the project.
The Committee also cooperated successfully with AmCham’s Talent Policy Task Force in organizing the first Competitive Education Summits, held in 2015, 2016 and 2017.