CEO&HR Forum

23.06.2022

HOW MIGHT WE SPOT AND MANAGE DEMOTIVATION IN MODERN WORK?

A very inspiring event on (de)motivation of employees in cooperation with Dutcham.

Among many other topics, we have discussed that Motivation is an inner fire that we can glow through our emotions. It is the individual’s responsibility, and therefore ours, to keep this fire fueled in the long term. Many of us think that it is the leader’s responsibility to motivate us, however, this is not true. They can stimulate, they can inspire, they can lead. It’s their responsibility to continuously involve employees in business critical questions to keep them interested and motivated. But they cannot motivate. Motivation is a personal driving force coming from within therefore we are the only ones who should be responsible for it.

We should have an overall guiding vision of what we would like to achieve and identify steps that can get us there. And of course openness to problems and challenges during the journey we reach these goals.

We have also concluded that material goods and benefits only stimulate motivation for a limited period of time. They do not motivate in on their own, they only create a false impression. The short-term effect will be the same as before. However, it should be remembered that the role of material benefits is still essential to create a stable system. Below a certain level of benefits, we cannot talk about motivated people and a stable and positive corporate culture. Above a certain level, however, these benefits make a negligible contribution to self-fulfilment and motivation. There is an equilibrium between the two and achieving it can be a realistic goal for many of us.

If you are interested what other topics have been discussed, you can watch the recording of the event here.

You can find the detailed agenda in the invitation and the presentation slides of André Francois, Happy at Work here.

24.02.2022

STATE OF THE ART: “BLUE COLLAR ENGAGEMENT AND MOTIVATION”

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary kindly invites you to our CEO & HR Hybrid Meet-up:
State of the art: “Blue collar engagement and motivation”
24 February 2022, 9.00 – 11.00
Venue: Kinnarps Hungary Kft., Váci út 92., 1133 Budapest

With the official unemployment rate being below 4% in Hungary, companies have to be very considerate in driving a sustainable approach to recruiting, retaining and motivating their employees.

  • What tools do leaders have to motivate and engage blue collar employees?
  • How can we utilize modern IT technology, smart phones and apps?
  • What other non-IT solutions do we have to decrease fluctuation in manufacturing?

In the upcoming CEO & HR session, we will share some of the great learnings and tools that our community is utilizing but also provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer discussions. All managers responsible for both blue- and white collar employees can learn about

  • how IKEA is building on Swedish values to motivate their employees;
  • two applications (Blue Colibri App and Talk-A-Bot) that can support communication and engagement with blue collar employees in different ways;
  • exciting solutions by Orbán Consulting for engaging employees and decreasing fluctuation within manufacturing in Hungary.

22.09.2021

SCCH CEO & HR FORUM

OPTIMIZING “BACK TO THE OFFICE” – Strategies and adapting to new leadership challenges

Date&Time: 22 September, 9.00 – 11.00
Venue: Kinnarps Hungary Kft., Váci út 92., 1133 Budapest

How do we attract employees to work again in the office?
What strategies and tools will work best for the hybrid model?
Which are the new opportunities and challenges for leaders in our organization?

22.06.2021

SCCH HR FORUM – ONLINE HIRING & ONBOARDING SOLUTIONS

Dear All,

Online Hiring & On-boarding has been well received during the pandemic by both candidates and hiring managers stated the expert panel during the recent HR-forum organized by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary

 

25.05.2021

DOING BUSINESS IN THE “NEW NORMAL”

5 sectors, 5 experienced top managers and a forward looking dialogue building on the key learnings that drove the transformation in 2020 – 2021

Did we really need a pandemic to transform our companies and business models?
Which were the key learnings from the transformation?
How will we be doing business in the “new normal”? Will we go back or are the transformations sustainable?
Date: 25 May, 15.00 – 16.15

Panelists:

Dr. Ágnes Fábián, Managing Director, Henkel Magyarország Kft.
Markus Hilken, Managing Director, SAP Labs Hungary
Roland Jakab, Head of Strategy Central Europe, Ericsson
Eva Malá Beluská, Regional Business Transformation and Development Manager, IKEA
András Sávos, Vice President Global Enterprise Systems and Strategic Projects Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Schienenfahrzeuge GmbH; President, DUIHK
Moderator: Thomas Straumits, President, SCCH; Strategic Lead, Merck Sharp & Dohme

30.03.2021

INTERCULTURAL MANAGEMENT SESSIONS,
SESSION 2

HOW TO WORK WITH SWEDISH PARTNERS?

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, in cooperation with Orban Consulting kindly invite you to two INTERCULTURAL MANAGEMENT SESSIONS: Successful cooperation with Swedish managers and business partners.
Dates: 23rd and 30th March, 9.00 – 10.00

During the two focused one-hour sessions, our effective trainers will deliver deep insights using short examples and case studies into intercultural differences and similarities in the working relationship with Swedish business partners and managers.

Trainers:

Klara Denzin, Intercultural Trainer and Senior Consultant, Orban Consulting
Eva Degerman, Swedish Business Expert, Orban Consulting

Session 1 (23rd March):
Culture, perception and intercultural competence
Leading multicultural teams
Successful communication
Building trust
Time management

Session 2 (30th March):
Hierarchy and leadership culture
How Swedish leaders make decisions
Convincing a business partner
The art of saying no
Summary and outlook

Registration: You will get the invitation to the Zoom meetings after registering here until 16th of March.

Participation is free for SCCH members, 10,000 HUF for one workshop and 15,000 HUF for both workshops for non-members.

Please do not hesitate to contact Márta Böddi in case you have any questions! (marta.boddi@swedishchamber.hu or +36 30 456 3713)

Kind regards,

SCCH Secretariat

 

23.03.2021

INTERCULTURAL MANAGEMENT SESSIONS,
SESSION 1

HOW TO WORK WITH SWEDISH PARTNERS?

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, in cooperation with Orban Consulting kindly invite you to two INTERCULTURAL MANAGEMENT SESSIONS: Successful cooperation with Swedish managers and business partners.
Dates: 23rd and 30th March, 9.00 – 10.00

During the two focused one-hour sessions, our effective trainers will deliver deep insights using short examples and case studies into intercultural differences and similarities in the working relationship with Swedish business partners and managers.

Trainers:

Klara Denzin, Intercultural Trainer and Senior Consultant, Orban Consulting
Eva Degerman, Swedish Business Expert, Orban Consulting

Session 1 (23rd March):
Culture, perception and intercultural competence
Leading multicultural teams
Successful communication
Building trust
Time management

Session 2 (30th March):
Hierarchy and leadership culture
How Swedish leaders make decisions
Convincing a business partner
The art of saying no
Summary and outlook

Registration: You will get the invitation to the Zoom meetings after registering here until 16th of March.

Participation is free for SCCH members, 10,000 HUF for one workshop and 15,000 HUF for both workshops for non-members.

Please do not hesitate to contact Márta Böddi in case you have any questions! (marta.boddi@swedishchamber.hu or +36 30 456 3713)

Kind regards,

SCCH Secretariat

 

27.01.2021

HR WORKSHOP ON COVID LEARNINGS AND EXPERIENCES

 

As requested by our members, we have now activated the HR Forum and held our first inaugural event with almost 30 participants on 27th of January with a workshop on “Key Learnings from the Pandemic”. Three HR Managers from our member companies, representing different sectors discussed challenges and shared their experiences, gained during 2020 due to the pandemics, in the frame of an online panel discussion.
The panelists were:

Zoltán Könczöl, Country HR Manager at Electrolux,
Eva Mengs, People and Culture Manager, IKEA CZHUSK,
Alexandra Sáfár-Vincze, People Business Partner Hungary at Ericsson

The session was moderated by Márta Böddi, Secretary General, Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary

During the workshop we had the opportunity among others to hear that all 3 companies started the preparations long before the local regulations, based on their international experiences. We can proudly say that they made much more than it was obligatory, in order to protect and support their employees and customers as much as they could. One of the key learning was that their managers acknowledged that online processes and working methodologies performed much better than expected.

Next step:
The Swedish Chamber intends to continue the discussions within the HR Forum and we are open towards ideas for topics to discuss or what areas you are interested in more details. We suggest to establish an HR working group which will take an active part in setting the path forward of the Swedish HR Forum, together with the Secretariat. It is up to us how we utilize our joint forces!

If you are interested in joining us, please reach out to us: marta.boddi@swedishchamber.hu or join us on Facebook or LinkedIn to learn more.

 

21.10.2020

SWEDISH CHAMBER MACROECONOMIC OUTLOOK WEBINAR

Over the past years the Hungarian financial indicators have exceeded the expectations, however recent challenges with COVID 19 have turned the economy up and down.

The survival of the national economy will depend on the ability of Hungary to appropriately react and proactively mitigate the impacts.
Macroeconomics has always been an important factor to consider for our Swedish companies in our business decisions how and where to invest.

On Oct 21, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce held a well-visited webinar titled ”Outlook on the Hungarian macroeconomic climate”.
Our moderator, Péter Felfalusi CEO of Intrum led the panel across a wide area of pre-submitted questions and topics with three distinguished experts:

András Vértes, Chairman, GKI Economic Research
Sándor Jobbágy, Senior Macroeconomic Analyst, Concorde Securities
Dávid Németh, Senior Analyst, K&H Bank

Macroeconomics focuses mainly on three areas: GDP, unemployment, and inflation. They are managed by governments and central banks, who set the macroeconomic policies including fiscal and monetary policy to stabilize the economy and central banks using monetary policy to increase or decrease the money supply, and use fiscal policy to adjust government spending.

Our experts discussed their views on the national strategies during the 1st and 2nd wave of COVID-19 but also their projections on how the HUF would be impacted by these strategies over the next few years. While inflation in Hungary will continue to be in the 4% range, it is expected that our GDP will be back to 2019 levels by 2022.

What did the experts think about the “new future” after COVID -19?
The answer to that and many more questions can be found on this podcast which will be available for you until Nov 8.

Thomas Straumits
President

16.04.2019

DIGITAL TALENT – DRIVING FOR BUSINESS PERFORMANCE IN A DIGITALIZED WORLD

Venue: Central European University, 1051 Budapest Nádor utca 15.
Date&Time: 16 April 2019., 09.00 am

Driving for Business Performance in a Digitalized World
Best-practice sharing for company executives

05.03.2019

BUSINESS WOMAN LUNCH “EXECUTIVES ON HIGH HEELS”

Date: 05 March 2019. (Tuesday), 12.00 – 14.30
(Registration: from 11.30)

Venue: SOFITEL Budapest Chain Bridge – Belle Vue Room
(1051 Budapest, Széchenyi István Square 2.)

The special guest will be Melanie Seymour CEO at BlackRock

Get in touch

+36 30 456 3713

swedishchamber@swedishchamber.hu

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