Attracting and retaining ‘the best’ were once hot topics in Russia’s HR circles. But advice on how to encourage the industry’s top talent to join your company and stay is no longer the currency that HR forums trade in. Efficiency and optimization are now worth much more. However, top talent has not become a completely taboo subject. Personnel directors, perhaps now more so than ever, cannot afford to fail in finding exactly the right person.
Russia’s employment sector seems to be licking its wounds from the crisis, but does the reality in Moscow look set to diverge from that of Russia’s regions? What is the impact of migration within Russia in the crisis? Two employment market specialists, one with more local knowledge, the other more regionally-orientated, chew it over.
At a meeting of the Valdai group in September Arkady Dvorkovich, the president’s top economic aide, forecast that the economic influence currently wielded by a dozen or so Russian businessmen would, in two to three years, be in the hands of hundreds of entrepreneurs.
For Anton Verstakov, being a freelancer is crucial to ensuring the effectiveness of his product. “For me, the feeling of being on my own means I can control things myself. I will not be irritated by non-professionals.”
The best way to teach business, finance in particular, is through the tales of Hans Christian Anderson, said Ingrid Bonde. The CEO of AFM Pensions made the comment during a panel discussion at a recent conference on human nature and economic incentives at the Stockholm School of Economics. The conference, held as part of the jubilee celebrations to mark the school’s centenary, brought together a range of international economists to discuss questions of economic motivation and the shortcomings of a simple understanding of the ‘economic man’ model.
Since the beginning of the global economic crisis, colossal changes have taken place: the job seekers’ market has turned into an employers’ market,” Manpower’s head of business development, Irina Kurganov commented. This is a phrase often thrown around in the current climate, but what does it really imply? It means, she said, that in spite of the change in market conditions, from the recruitment agencies’ perspective there is still a lack of highly qualified specialists, but also now a shortage of vacancies.