“HR Challenges” – report from a conference
“Challenge” is one of the key values of our company. We face challenges every day, wanting to be best at what we do. However, not only we want to gain an advantage as specialists in our fields, but also to strive to be the best in managing our most valuable resource – people. Therefore, I could not miss the “HR Challenges” conference, organized at Andersia Hotel in Poznań. It was obviously addressed primarily to HR departments but also all those who, in their own companies, look after both employees and job applicants in their different capacities.
I am included in the latter group, performing auxiliary functions in recruitment, and taking over some of the responsibilities of so-called “soft HR”, for example, organizing training courses. The more important it is for me to gain additional knowledge and “snooping” the experts.
I was most impressed by two speeches: Ms. Katarzyna Skoczek’s from SLOWLAJF foundation and Mr. Łukasz Jakóbiak’s.
The first lecture focused on the issue which, unfortunately, affects more and more people, including the young and not very experienced – namely professional burnout. Fortunately, with the increasing scale of this phenomenon, the awareness increases, too, and organizations such as SLOWLAJF help people confronting this problem. This support is all the more precious because it is provided by people who have experienced burnout, survived it, and managed to recover. Recover and get better – because although in Poland burnout is not considered a disease as such, in other countries it is qualified as a regular disease. Katarzyna, apart form presenting the sources and symptoms of burnout, pointed out how burnout could be prevented. Triviality of the recommendations may be surprising – you just have to look after yourself. Have enough sleep, eat properly, exercise. She also emphasized the importance of proper breathing and taking care of personal relationships. Seemingly simple advice, though sometimes so difficult to follow …
Łukasz Jakóbiak’s speech, in turn, gave a huge dose of positive energy and motivation. Listening to the story of his life, how he always took matters into his own hands, and did not just hang around waiting for his dreams to come true was encouraging. Listening to him everyone probably felt like standing up and conquering the world here and now! 😉 Łukasz tried to convince us (and has probably been successful …) that our lives depend on ourselves and if we want, we can really achieve anything. And why should we you believe him? It is because he does not present dry theories and methods – on the contrary – he only uses examples. He also suggested how not to lose motivation and how to start “now” and not “tomorrow”.
What was interesting for me were also presentations on how other companies in the IT industry conducted their recruitment processes, how to know a liar thanks to microscopic facial gestures and why it is beneficial to present real faces of the company, and not to buy strangers’ images.
Pracuj.pl Group, which was the organizer of the conference, chose a really interesting set of topics and invited inspirating speakers. I received a lot of valuable information and paid attention to issues we sure will have to address in our company, for example, how to prevent burnout. I will be happy to take part in the next edition of the conference.
Article was written by Barbara Jaskuła-Janiak, Office Manager in Apollogic.
- On 17/12/2015