With the rapid development of technology and changing expectations of employees, managing teams is one of the most important challenges for business.
Employees want to feel that their work has an impact on society, the environment or the well-being of other people. On what values have become important to employees and what motivates them, Tomasz Sańpruch of Capital24.tv spoke with experienced leaders: Beata Drzazga, founder of BetaMed, and Rafał Hiszpański, CEO of DAS TU Ochrony Prawna SA (in liquidation).
“The topic of contemporary challenges and trends in the field of management is extremely important and I am convinced that in the context of the dynamic business world in which we operate, it should be constantly discussed. The consciousness of our civilization is changing, and today it is no longer enough to motivate employees with bonuses and incentive systems. I recently participated in a campaign >>Closer to You<<, which conducted a survey of what expectations employees have of their supervisors today. The survey confirmed my observations over a long period of time – expectations of the workplace and a good supervisor today focus on empathy, attentive listening to employees, building a friendly atmosphere (e.g., through office surroundings, privileges for employees and their hours) and openness to conversation,” said Beata Drzazga. She also stressed that – leaders should act as inspirers and mentors, enabling employees to develop and self-actualize. Supporting the professional and personal growth of employees is not only an investment in themselves, but also an investment in the long-term success of the organization. It is also worth noting that employee expectations have changed significantly in recent years, thanks to a younger generation – the Millenials or Generation Z – who are striving for a better work-life balance. As a result, all employees are looking for time flexibility, remote working options and other forms of work arrangements that will enable them to achieve professional success while also taking care of their well-being and quality of life.”
The second debate focused on green trends in business. Capital24.tv’s Rita Schultz was interviewed by Beata Pawlowska, CEO of The Untamed Europa Centralna, and Piotr Ostaszewski, CEO of Ekovoltis.
Piotr Ostaszewski said: “The green trend in business is of great importance to the global economy. It affects many areas, from creating jobs to stimulating innovation to attracting investment. Green initiatives such as producing renewable energy, creating sustainable transportation systems, and innovating in waste management are creating new economic sectors.
Investments in low- or zero-carbon technologies create new jobs, whether in the technology sector, construction, energy, or even agriculture. Innovation in sustainable business often leads to products and services that are more efficient and sustainable, giving companies a competitive advantage.
Green business activities contribute to a more sustainable economic model that is less dependent on natural resources. This, in turn, increases the economy’s resilience to crises such as commodity price volatility and the effects of climate change.
The trend is also having an impact on politics. Companies pursuing sustainability often push governments to introduce more ambitious climate targets, leading to increased global environmental action.”