Mission of the Committee:
Improve the competiveness of Hungary and contribute to a better society by supporting members to achieve world-class levels of HR effectiveness and impact
Goals for 2017:
- 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:
"New Year, new challenges. Is that our destiny?
Actually, I believe the challenges are clear; we just need to know how to tackle them and help our members to find the best solutions. During recent years as part of our Competitiveness Initiative and the Talent Policy Task Force, AmCham Hungary has already determined the major workforce issues currently facing Hungary, such as the lack of skilled blue collar workers or IT professionals, the wide salary gap between western European workplaces and Hungary and the exclusion of 50+ job seekers from the talent pipeline.
During 2017 the HR committee does not plan to ask anymore questions: it’s time to take action and offer SOLUTIONS, as much as we can.
From a long-term perspective the lack of value-added skills-based job seekers, such as IT and R&D, is the most pressing. Meanwhile the salary gap between Western EU and CEE is obvious and there is little we can do to compensate this. We can try to meet individual motivations, but as long as the basic human needs are not meet (remember Maslow!), its hard to try to attract people back from UK with company parties, or a fancy office. Business is business whatever you do, whether you are making deals at a brokerage house in New York, or in a souk in Oman, if the price the customer is willing to pay is 10 times lower the deal is not going to happen. As long as the salary gap in similar positions is 5x between Western EU and CEE this battle needs to be declared lost. But while losing this battle, it’s more important to win the war over talent, so let's focus on areas we can have an influence on, such as the inclusion of age 50+ job seekers in our workplaces.
IT professionals, digitalisation and 50+ job seekers: two areas where we would like to show working case studies in our HR committee meetings in 2017. In the meanwhile we will initiate further professional presentations and create workable solutions. In March, we will start our annual program with invited CEOs, and talk about closing the gap between business and HR activities and expectations. Finally, as AmCham added digitalisation to the four strategic areas of its advocacy, the HR committee will also reflect on related trends and effects on the HR operations.
I hope we can count on your participation to help tackle these issues where it "hurts the most" for our members and the Hungarian employees."
Overview of the Committee’s projects and activities:
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.
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
We also held regular meetings with the following speakers and topics in 2015, 2016 and 2017:
- 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.
- 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
- 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?
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.