Tech Sector and Sustainability Today - Development Goals, Responsible Investment and Supply Chain

On June 20, AmCham Business Technology & Services Committee organized a meeting on Tech Sector and Sustainability Today - Development Goals, Responsible Investment and SupplyChain.

Our speaker was Ms. Leigh Loyd, Partner ERM EMEA – TMT Accounts, Bristol, England, an expert with twenty years experience on the design, development, deployment and assurance programs related to EHS (environment, health and safety) and sustainability risk management. 

In light of the discussion on Climate Change and the COP 21, it was timely moment to discuss how the fast growing tech/TMT (technology, media and telecom) sector has an opportunity to impact the environment. 

We discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the UN and how they impact this sector, sustainable supply chain management (protecting the planet from degradation by managing sustainable consumption and production) and how to report back on the good work the TMT sector is doing.

How to organize a successful incentive group

On June 8 AmCham Travel & Toursim Committee organized a meeting How to organize z successful incentive group, based on two case studies (a group of over 50 on a long-haul destination; a group of 2 to 8 VIPs in country).

Our guests were Ms. Izabella Kołecka, President of Premium on the Go and Mr. Krzysztof Michniewicz, President of ICP Group (events agencies) and we discussed how to identify objectives we wish to achieve, key elements that ensure the success, how to effectively brief service providers about objectives and key elements. The other points of discussion included maximizing the impact of the allotted budget and how to accurately assess the success after your group returns.



Nine and a half more-or-less simple things everyone can do to prevent cyberattacks

Almost every day brings us new headlines about the latest cyberattack. Recently, at least 20 separate hacker groups rushed in to deface over 1.5 million webpages belonging to companies which had failed to update their websites. It seems like no company or agency is free of this risk. What are some measures every business can take to reduce the chances of falling victim?

On 25 April AmCham Business Technology Services organized a session Nine and a half more-or-less simple things everyone can do to prevent cyberattacks where cybersecurity expert Andrew Haggard together with Angelo Pressello of AmCham member Directpl led a discussion on necessary steps every business can take to make themselves less vulnerable to cyberattack.   

Eurozone Imbalance Detrimental to EU-US Trade - meeting with Mr. Stefan Kawalec, CEO of Capital Strategy

The popular view remains that Europe needs a single currency in order to compete globally with economies like the US and China. But only in the aftermath of the first euro crisis in 2010 did we realize the danger of the internal disbalances within the Eurozone. The euro is simply too weak for Germany and too strong for the Southern economies. AmCham EU Affairs Committee organized a meeting on 23 May with Mr. Stefan Kawalec, the CEO of Capital Strategy, a strategy consulting company, former Chief Advisor to Minister of Finance Leszek Balcerowicz and Vice Minister of Finance, who explained why the euro is not only a European problem, but a global one.

Workforce Management – Trends and Challenges for the Coming Years

On April 24th AmCham hosted a meeting on workforce management, the trends and challenges for the coming years. The gathering included speakers Andrzej Bibik and Bartosz Hojnacki from Spring International, the consulting arm of Adecco, the largest staffing firm in the world, as well as an AmCham member. By having a dynamic discussion on how to hire the best people and actually making sure they stay in your company, the participants left the meeting with a stackful of solutions, examples and case studies on workforce management in Poland and Europe. 

Here are 7 most important takeaways: 

Personalize, Personalize, Personalize

When sending out job offers via several platforms, the usual job description won’t do the job anymore. Make sure you provide your potential candidate with a personalized job application, one that looks tailored to them. A good example would be giving more information about their potential supervisor, the number of people in their team, and yes, providing a name (and picture) of the contact person from the company doing the hiring. It’ll give a human face to the company, which is always better than an automated answering machine. 

Expectations Are Higher Than They Used To Be

Mid and senior level applicants have more options than they used to. With the unemployment rate at record lows, applicants won’t throw themselves at the first job offer they come across. As an employer, you now have to be looking for candidates, headhunting, not the other way around.


Keep it short and simple, you don’t want your targeted job ad to be scrolled away by your potential candidate. Things like infographics, giving the office location, the salary and  the type of contract are indispensable to catching people’s attention without quickly losing it.

Apply With One Click

Andrzej Bibik says that if applying for a job takes you more than ‘3 clicks, that’s 2 clicks too many.’ By allowing candidates to upload their CVs into a given platform, they’ll be able to apply with just one click. The company’s response to the application should be just as swift. 

Provide a Wide Range of Options 

A gym membership card and healthcare are benefits all firms provide -- it’s time to get creative and provide employees with choices and flexibility. Giving out goodies (a new laptop or smartphone every few years), having a chilling room where you can work in peace, giving out rewards for certain tasks… you name it. When you allow workers to choose between these benefits every 3 months, workers will feel their employers are going the extra mile. 

Train, Coach and Then Train Some More 

Just as important as having a sense of purpose, the likelihood of an employee staying in your company is much higher if you provide them with skills they cannot get anywhere else: E-learning, workshops. A higher salary isn’t always why people will leave you for a competitor, the self-improvement factor is always there, people like new challenges.

Tell a Story

Storytelling is a powerful tool. Tell the story of someone in your company who started from the bottom and worked his way to the top, a profile of someone whose path is inspiring. Giving the image of the possibility of progress within your company is paramount. 


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