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.

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.   

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. 


New incentives for business - Meeting with Mr. Marcin Piasecki, VP of Polish Development Fund

Following our February monthly meeting on new incentives for business, offered by the Polish Development Fund (Polski Fundusz Rozwoju -PFR), AmCham organized  a meeting with Mr. Marcin Piasecki, Vice President, PFR.

PFR was established in April 2016 as a state-owned financial group whose goal is to fill the market gaps in financing by reaching the places where it is difficult to obtain financing in the private sector.  Our discussion with Mr. Piasecki covered PFR strategy on capital investments, new incentives for business in Poland declared by the Fund and PFR supervision of high risk investments, available from EU funds.


Latest trends in travel mobile technology and useful applications available to travelers

Strategies from the Trump campaign

Current landscape of the Polish media market

Annual KPMG Tax Session 2017

Renewable Energy Auction Scheme - meeting with the Energy Regulatory Office representative

FDI in Poland exceeded PLN 712 bln

Recent Changes in Tax Law and their Impact on Business

Meeting with Mr. Tomasz Dąbrowski, Director of Energy Department of the Ministry of Energy

Update on the EU Chemicals Policy and the Circular Economy

Meeting with Mr. John Anderson, U.S. Department of Energy

Meeting on Poland's Nuclear Energy Program

Meeting with Mr. Tomasz Szatkowski, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of National Defense

Update on Investment Incentives available in Poland

New Trends in Transfer Pricing

Enterprise Leadership as a key aspect of management

Expats: Unique Financial Complexities You Face (November 22, 2016)

Meeting with Patrick Ney, Executive Director of Questia

AmCham is hiring!

The EURO Single Market

Cyber Security Incidents - Get prepared to win the battle!

Workshop on Game-based Learning for Skills Development

Tax instruments and State Aid - EU perspective

After Brexit- What’s next for Europe

BREXIT - the commercial and legal implications for the EU Member States and the US

Meeting with Mr. Sławomir Dębski, the new head of PISM (Polish Institute for International Affairs)

What is TTIP about?

Meeting with Mr. Jacek Bogucki, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Agriculture

Defense strategy of Poland - meeting with the National Center for Strategic Studies (NCSS)

NATO Summit Briefing

AmCham June Monthly Meeting with Ambassador Paul W. Jones at Ambassador’s Residence (June 1, 2016)

Meeting with the Plenipotentiary Office for the Strategic Energy Infrastructure of the Ministry of Development

AmCham Diner back at the European Economic Congress in Katowice

Meeting with Mr. Sebastian Płóciennik, Head of the EU Program at the PISM

Trends in polish media

CEO Business Mixer sponsored by Bristol Hotel and Moet Hennessy (April 28, 2016)

Internet Security

General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR)

Minister Witold Waszczykowski spotkał się z przedstawicielami Amerykańskiej Izby Handlowej

Warsaw City Development – meeting with representatives of Warsaw City Hall

Workshop on Leadership Development that drives Results

Annual KPMG Tax Session 2016

Meeting with Mr. Jan Filip Staniłko, Deputy Director at the Department for Innovation at the Ministry of Development

Energy Market Design reform potential

Meeting with Mr. Tomasz Styś, waste management expert at Sobieski Institute

What is the AmCham Diner?

Changes to the tax procedure regulated by the Polish Tax Ordinance

Standard Audit File (Jednolity Plik Kontrolny)

Meeting with Mr. Marcin Zaborowski, Executive Vice President of the Center for European Policy Analysis

The Role of Business in the Future of the Global Internet

Emerging Europe M&A Report 2015/16

Alternative Office Space – the Latest Trends

Fixed-term contracts for employees

Cyber detective work: techniques for professionals in the digital era

Committee meeting with UPS and Brand24

Meeting with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Employee Equity Plans – disparate tax treatment of employees of American companies compared to EU ones

How to manage business travel to achieve greater benefits?

The Internet of Things

Meeting with representatives of the Polish Armaments Group

Digital Single Market - Benefits and Challenges

An Introduction to Sustainable Development – what, why and how?

Meeting with Professor Marek Banaszkiewicz - Polish Space Industry

Characteristics of growth potential of future leaders in Poland and the CEE region – how to help managers develop their skills

Towards savings – effective business expense management

Big Data – Big Business or Big Problem?

Videos of AmCham Diner at the Economic Forum in Krynica 2015

Judgement: the Essence of Effective Leadership – meeting with Dr. Robert Hogan

Poland versus the new situation of Europe – Do we need a strategy in crisis?

7 June 2015 Waste Producer Responsibility, Liability and Solutions

Warsaw City Promotion

Meeting with Ms. Ann Cataldo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports & Cooperation

Zbigniew Płaza met with the AmCham Human Resources Management committee

Katarzyna Snyder met with the AmCham Energy & Environment Committee

Meeting with US Embassy

Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik, Deputy Minister of Economy at Manufacturing Committee

Latest Trends in Travel Mobile Technology & Useful Applications Available to Travelers


Working Group Meeting

New Polish regulations governing employee work hours

The 10th Regional Tax Conference

EU Structural Funds and European Commission Programs 2014-2020

Top 50 disruptive technologies

7th European Economic Congress (EEC – European Economic Congress) 20-22 April, Katowice

Focus on the Polish Real Estate Market

7th European Economic Congress (EEC – European Economic Congress) 20-22 April 2015, Katowice

Vapor Intrusion Energy & Environment Committee (10 March 2015)

3 March 2015 US Tax Session

CNBC Television/Burson-Marsteller Corporate Perception Indicators

The Top Myths SMEs Believe about Traditional Advertising

Storytelling in Public Relations.

Reputation management

Reputation Capital

Defense & Security Roundtable Discussion

2014 U.S. Poland Agri & Food Summit

Wind Farm Field Trip

New Renewable Energy Bill meeting (with Bidding Game)

Business Opportunities with Renewable Energy Sources

Understand Your Best Cost Savings Options with Key Travel Suppliers

KPMG Tax Session

Current and Future International Tax Challenges

Shale Gas Special Committee Meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Poland

Shale Gas Committee Meeting with Scott Perry

Shale Gas Committee Meeting

Real Estate Investment Opportunities with PKP (Polish State Railways)

New Pact for Europe

European Parliament Elections and the Future of Europe

Values and Business

2020: The New World of Work

Polish Immigration Law

Seminar on The Digital Economy Sector in the Face of Current Market Trends and Legislative Changes

Environmental Issues for the Consumer Products Industry

Consumer Products Meeting on EU copyright rules

Uczestnicy debaty: TTIP szansą, ale i zagrożeniem dla polskich firm

Sustainability Council Meeting with Minister Korolec (July 22, 2014)

AmCham Awards

April 2, 2014 Monthly Meeting with Minister Lena-Kolarksa-Bobińska

Energy Roadmap 2013

UPS Meeting


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